As featured in the Timber and Forestry E News
AUSTRALIA’S largest forest certification scheme, Responsible Wood, will showcase at the United Nations and Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum in Melbourne this month.

Some 40 entrepreneurs, universities, government agencies, not for profits and schools will showcase what they are doing to progress sustainability development goals (SDGs).

With a focus on the 17 SDGs ratified by all UN member states in 2015, the forum brings together international groups to develop partnerships around areas such as climate change, biodiversity, gender equality and sustainable cities and communities.

A special feature of the forum, from April 20 and 21, will be a digital SDGs showcase which will show the national and international audience Australia’s ‘work-in-progress’ on sustainability development. Delegates will connect directly with showcasers throughout the forum and during a special live session.

Jason Ross, marketing and communications officer for Responsible Wood, the national governing body for the PEFC, will present on how the role of both organisations is unlocking the full potential of forests and providing a framework for global forests to be managed sustainably for multi-generational use.

Jason Ross explains:

‘Responsible Wood and PEFC forest certification provide a framework for global forests to be managed sustainably for multi-generational use.’

‘Whether its minimising poverty and hunger, promoting education, good health and welling being and gender equality or clean health, sanitation, affordable and clean energy and decent work opportunities, forest certification plays an all-important in setting benchmarks and standards.’

‘What’s more PEFC and / or Responsible Wood forest certification plays a significant role in ensuring that forests remain forests.’

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed will open the forum on April 20.

Ms Mohammed led the process that resulted in global agreement around the creation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). She is now chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, which is overseeing the implementation.

Senator Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs, will be a lead speaker at the forum.