Wednesday, 2 February 2011


Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural resources(TENR)  Catherine Namugala is among ministers  attending the 9th session  of the United Nations  Forum on Forests(UNFF) in New York which opened  last week on 24th January.
Ms was met on arrival at the JFK International Airport by Charge d’Affaires at the Zambian Mission to the United Nations, Muyambo Sipangule.
This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian Mission in New York, Moses Walubita
During the Forum session, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will launch its “state of the world”,  report published every two years highlighting the most recent data.
Mr Walubita stated that tomorrow (February 2) will mark the launch of the international year of forests at the high level ministerial segment to broaden public understanding of the role that healthy forests play.
He said the United Nations has declared this year the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.
He said 2011 provides a platform to bringing peoples’ voices together and stimulate action for forests around the world.
Mr. Walubita said he is optimistic that Zambia would benefit greatly from the Forum which is ending this Friday. 
The Forum which is held every two years consists of all the 192 Member States of the United Nations.

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