New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Progress Assessment

New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Progress Assessment

The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), signed into effect at the United Nations Climate Summit in September 2014, is a voluntary political declaration with 190 endorsers - including countries, subnational governments, companies, indigenous groups, and NGOs - with ambitious targets to end forest loss. 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 NYDF Assessment Partners are a coalition of civil society and research groups mandated with tracking progress towards the ten goals of the NYDF until 2020. The results are published in the form of a two-part annual report, providing an in-depth look at a selected goal (or set of goals) and a brief overview of all goals.

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 Reuters, NPR and Politico). We are currently working on the third edition of the report, set to be released in early November 2017, which will provide 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). Last year's abbreviated analysis of the goals showed that according to OECD data, overall ODA commitments to climate change mitigation in the forestry sector have been increasing substantially in recent years. Additionally, commitments for results-based finance have grown, though disbursements continue to lag. These considerations, together with the progress being made in the formulation of REDD+ programs and the recent entry into force of the Paris Agreement, demonstrate a clear need to further explore forest-related climate finance.

Updates 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, 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 an NYDF Assessment Partner speak about the report or 2016 findings at an event, please contact 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