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.

The NYDF Assessment Partners (formerly NYDF Assessment Coalition) are 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. 

In 2015, the first edition of the NYDF Progress Assessment both 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 (

To stay up-to-date with developments related to the NYDF Progress Assessment, the NYDF Assessment Partners, or other forest-related news, research and events, follow us on Twitter: @NYDFAssessment or Facebook: 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] (i.schulte [at]


Release Date

November 2016

Team Members

Charlotte Streck
Co-founder and Director
Katharina Behm
Land Use Consultant
Darragh Conway
Senior Legal Consultant
Franziska Haupt
Senior Land Use Consultant
Alan Kroeger
Land Use Consultant
Stephanie Roe
Associate Senior Consultant
Ingrid Schulte
Land Use Consultant