FAO Recognized Hyderabad – 2020 Tree City of the World

20 February 2021 Current Affairs:

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and the Arbor Day Foundation have confirmed Hyderabad as the 2020 Tree City of the World. 

Highlights:
♦ Hyderabad is committed to the development and maintenance of urban forests, so it was awarded this honor. 
♦ This recognition is a testament to New York City’s ongoing and institutional efforts to plant trees, cultivate and celebrate trees. 
♦ In addition to the strategic planning and commitment to build healthy cities, it also marks the development of urban and suburban forestry operations. 
♦ Other cities recognized by the organization include 120 cities from 63 countries/regions. 
♦ Most cities are from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. After receiving World Tree City recognition, the city of Hyderabad will join a network of like-minded cities that recognize the importance of trees. 
♦ Hyderabad was recognized in the second year of the foundation’s program.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations. FAO leads international efforts to fight hunger and improve nutrition and food security. The organization was established by the United Nations in October 1945. Its headquarters are located in Rome, Italy. It has regional and field offices in 130 countries/regions. 
♦ FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) coordinates with governments and development agencies to improve and develop agriculture, fisheries, forestry, land resources and water resources. It is composed of 197 member states. It organizes a meeting representing each member state every two years. 
The Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit organization and education and conservation organization. The organization was established by John Rosenow in Nebraska in 1972. This organization is the largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to tree planting. The foundation takes “inspiring people to plant, cultivate and celebrate trees” as its corporate mission. Dan Lambe, the current chairman of the foundation.

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