July 2018 sees the release of two of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations’ key biennial flagship reports.

The State of the World’s Forests 2018
and The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 both provide a thorough look at the global challenges and goals faced by the world’s ecosystems and livelihoods – crucially, this year’s editions examine their respective sectors’ progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The State of the World’s Forests 2018 shines a light on the profound interlinkages that exist between forests and trees and multiple goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Bringing together evidence from a wide range of scientific sources, the analysis indicates how forests are critical to the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people and confirms the vital importance of healthy and productive forests to sustainable agriculture. It provides proof of the significance of forests and trees for water quality, climate and biodiversity, for future energy needs and for designing sustainable, healthy cities.

SOFO draws on eight case studies in countries across continents, describing how actions and landscape approaches that simultaneously address forests, agriculture, food, land use, and rural and national development have led to progress.

Moving away from land, The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 also provides in-depth assessment of the 2030 agenda, examining and emphasising the fisheries and aquaculture sector's role and measuring progress towards these goals. It highlights just how crucial the fishery & aquaculture sector is for the food, nutrition, and employment of millions of people globally, and assesses the levels of fish production, human consumption, and wastage reduction.

Furthermore, SOFIA acknowledges and explores the challenges still faced by the sector moving forwards, including biological sustainability, tackling animal diseases, and maintaining accurate national statistics in support of policy development.

These two flagships represent the most accurate explorations and assessments of their respective sectors, providing coverage that examines the social, economic, and environmental factors and is both extensive and in-depth in its scope. Both flagship reports will be available from the Eurospan Bookstore in the six official United Nations languages – English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese.