Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Life on Land

Forests cover 30.7 per cent of the Earth’s surface and, in addition to providing food security and shelter, they are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population. By protecting forests, we will also be able to strengthen natural resource management and increase land productivity.

At the current time, thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares. Even though up to 15% of land is currently under protection, biodiversity is still at risk. Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty.

Efforts are being made to manage forests and combat desertification. There are two international agreements being implemented currently that promote the use of resources in an equitable way. Financial investments in support of biodiversity are also being provided.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Trust in Digital Life

TDL Brussels Belgium F

Tunis International Centre for Environmental Technologies

CITET 1996 Tunis Tunisia G

Tunza Southeast Asia Youth Environment Network

SEAYEN Singapore Singapore F

Turtle Conservancy

TC 2009 Ojai CA USA G

Turtle Conservation Fund

TCF 2002 F f

Turtle Island Restoration Network

TIRN 1997 Forest Knolls CA USA G


1990 Gillingham UK G

TVE International

1984 London UK G

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UN Environment WCMC 2000 E g

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y

UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry

COFFI 1947 Geneva Switzerland E gt

UNEP DTU Partnership

1990 Copenhagen Denmark E

UNEP Environment Fund

Nairobi Kenya K fg

UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership

UNEP-IEMP 2011 Beijing China E


1995 Bonn Germany E g

UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

1961 Bangkok Thailand E g

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi India E g

UNESCO Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and Small Islands

UNESCO CSI Programme 1996 Jakarta Indonesia K g

UNESCO International Research Network on Educational Resources

1992 Braunschweig Germany G

Union Association pour la Participation et l'Action Régionale - Centre Méditerranéen de l'Environnement

Union APARE-CME 2013 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue France E

Union européenne des vétérinaires praticiens

UEVP 1970 Brussels Belgium D

Union européenne du commerce du bétail et de la viande

UECBV 1951 Brussels Belgium D y

Union Méditerranéenne des Géomètres

UMG 2010 Rabat Morocco D

Union of European Foresters

UEF 1958 Uhler Germany D v

Union of Foresters of Southern Europe

1989 Zamudio Spain D

Unione Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo e La Pace

UVISP-Assisi 1987 Bastia Umbra Italy G

United Animal Nations

UAN 1979 Montreux Switzerland F

United Earth Associations

UEA 1996 Merchtem Belgium N

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy

United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business

UN/CEFACT 1997 Geneva Switzerland E gt

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

UN-REDD Programme 2008 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

Committee of Experts on TDG and GHS 1953 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Compensation Commission

UNCC 1991 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD 1964 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

UNCCD 1994 Bonn Germany T g

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNECE 1947 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP 1972 Nairobi Kenya E g

United Nations Forum on Forests

UNFF 2000 New York NY USA F g

United Nations Foundation

UNF 1998 New York NY USA F f

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

MINURSO 1991 New York NY USA F g

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g