New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Progress Assessment

New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Progress Assessment

The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), endorsed at the United Nations Climate Summit in September 2014, is a voluntary political declaration with over 190 endorsers - including countries, subnational governments, companies, indigenous groups, and NGOs - with ambitious targets to end forest loss.

Climate Focus coordinates the NYDF Assessment Partners (formerly NYDF Assessment Coalition) – a network of civil society and research groups mandated with tracking progress toward the ten goals of the NYDF until 2020.  Together, the partners annually conduct the NYDF Progress Assessment, consisting of (1) an in-depth report looking at progress on a selected goal (or set of goals) and (2) brief updates on all the goals. Ongoing monitoring efforts, engagement, and visibility of the NYDF Progress Assessment will enable stakeholders to hold endorsers accountable to their commitments and to ensure that interest in achieving the NYDF goals is maintained. The objective of the NYDF Progress Assessment is to make a contribution towards achieving the ten goals set out in the NYDF and creates an information platform that tracks their progress, and implements a series of activities that encourages ambition and momentum around actions to achieve its targets. 

The fourth edition of the NYDF Progress Assessment will be launched in November 2018. It will focus on forest governance, the rule of law, and the empowerment of communities and indigenous peoples (Goal 10). The 2018 progress assessment of Goals 1-9, launched in September, shows that natural forests continue to disappear at an alarming rate since the NYDF was adopted in 2014. Though some of this forest loss has been offset by regrowth, young forests have different ecosystems and structures from established forests and are unlikely to offset carbon emissions from natural forests. Overall, we are not on track to meet the goal to halve natural forest loss globally by 2020. 

In 2015, the first edition of the NYDF Progress Assessment proposed a framework and respective indicators for measuring progress toward all ten goals and offered an initial assessment on the status of progress toward their achievement. In 2016, the second edition of the report focused on Goal 2, eliminating deforestation from agricultural commodity supply chains, building on the 2015 NYDF Assessment Framework and Initial Report. It was met with an overall positive response and widespread media coverage (including ReutersNPR, and Politico). The third edition of the report, released in October 2017, provides a deep analysis of Goals 8 and 9 of the NYDF - looking at the financial support provided to forest emission reduction strategies (Goal 8), and rewards for action (Goal 9).

Results are published and made publicly available via annual reports and on the interactive web platform

The NYDF Assessment Partners also support the NYDF Global Platform, launched in November 2017. The Assessment Partners will collaborate with the Platform to not only provide insight on progress toward the achievement of the NYDF, but also to fill essential data gaps. The existing and future work of the NYDF Assessment Partners can guide the Platform in the development of targeted strategies that may serve as the basis for informed discussions with endorsers, and be further shaped through such consultations. This monitoring capacity will be integrated into the Platform in a manner that will maintain appropriate independence and objectivity, while ensuring that the focus of the assessment and the results can be effectively taken on board through the work of the Platform Secretariat and partners.

For developments related to the NYDF Progress Assessment, the NYDF Assessment Partners, or other forest-related news, research and events, follow us on Twitter: @NYDFAssessment. If you have any specific questions related to the project, or are interested in having NYDF Assessment Partner participation at an event, please contact i.schulte [at] (subject: NYDF%20Assessment%20Partner%20coordination) (NYDF Assessment Partner coordinator )i.schulte [at] (subject: NYDF%20Assessment%20Partner%20coordination) (Ingrid Schulte).


Release Date

September 2018

Team Members

Charlotte Streck
Co-founder and Director
Haseeb Bakhtary
Darragh Conway
Lead Legal Consultant
Franziska Haupt
Executive Director Berlin
Erin D. Matson
Ingrid Schulte
Land Use Consultant