Volkan Bozkir (General Assembly President) on International Day of Forest 2021
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Video message by Volkan Bozkir, President of 75th Session of the General Assembly, on International Day of Forests.

What do you think of when you hear the word 'reforestation'?

For some, it is about rebuilding lost or at-risk ecosystems,

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Video message by Volkan Bozkir, President of 75th Session of the General Assembly, on International Day of Forests.

What do you think of when you hear the word 'reforestation'?

For some, it is about rebuilding lost or at-risk ecosystems, and reclaiming a space for biodiversity to thrive.

For others, it is about clean air and expanding the so-called 'lungs of the Earth', allowing our trees to absorb CO2 into the soil and reduce the potential for climate change.

And yet for others, it is about jobs and livelihoods, whether through mass tree planting, or through sustainable forestry or related industries.

The truth is, that reforestation is all these things and more. Through projects such as the African-led Great Green Wall, which aims to bridge the expanse of Africa's Sahel with trees, we are absorbing carbon, providing livelihoods, and protecting biodiversity, all at once.

As the world begins the slow climb out of the socio-economic impact of COVID-19, it is my hope that reforestation and projects can be seen as areas of investment, offering jobs and livelihoods at a time when they are needed most, all while protecting against future crisis.

As President of the UN General Assembly, I look forward to galvanizing action on land issues and reforestation at the High-Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought in May. And I look forward to speaking at the 16 th UN Forum on Forests next month.

By acting together, we can bring life back to our forests.