Highlights and images for 6 May 2022

Seoul, Korea, Republic of

Byeong-Am Choi, Minister, Korea Forest Service

XV WFC concludes with an address made by Byeong-Am Choi, Minister, Korea Forest Service.

On Friday, May 6, XV World Forest Congress drew to a close, wrapping up a very full week of events and networking.

In the morning, participants gathered for a final plenary session to listen to key findings from the various sessions and events held throughout the week, and considered outcomes from the conference, including detailed action proposals following the six sub-themes of the Congress.

Panelists of plenary 4

Group photo of speakers of the plenary session on Sustainable Pathways for Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future

In the afternoon, participants returned to the main hall for the presentation of Congress outcomes, including:

  • a Ministerial Call on Sustainable Wood
  • a youth call for action, and
  • the Seoul Forest Declaration.

Several participants emphasized that the overarching message coming out of XV WFC is that action needs to be taken immediately in order to stop deforestation and forest degradation, and to restore forest ecosystems.

Group photo of closing plenary speakers

Group photo following the closing plenary

In a brief closing ceremony, participants were presented with a summary video that recapped the week’s events. Participants listened to speeches by the Deputy Director-General, FAO, HRH Princess Basma bint Ali of Jordan, and the Korea Forest Service Minister. XV WFC was declared closed at 5:00pm. 

WFC closing video

Participants watch a video with highlights of the Congress

Please return to this site on Monday May 9 for a summary of highlights from XV WFC.

Interview with Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO

Interview with Peter Csoka, Associate Secretary-General, XV WFC

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