Tree planting contributes to mitigating climate change, says UN chief

UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that tree-planting contributes to mitigating climate change impact.

"The health of our planet is essential to our own health and well-being, and to our future, and trees are an essential part of it," said the UN chief at a tree-planting ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of Forests, hosted by the Netherlands in its capacity as President of the Security Council.

"I welcome the Dutch presidency's focus on tackling the root causes of conflict, including climate change, which has very serious implications for peace and security in all regions," he said at the event that was held at the UN headquarters.

"Trees and forests play an essential role in mitigating the impact of climate change. Planting trees is one of the most important things we can do to contribute to the health of the planet," he added.

"Forests are the lungs of our planet, drawing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen. And trees improve our lives both on a grand scale and at the local level. Strategic planting of trees can help save the energy used for heating in winter and for air conditioning in summer, both very necessary in New York," said the Secretary-General.

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on Dec. 21, 2012, which declared that March 21 of each year is to be observed as the International Day of Forests. The resolution encourages all member states to organize activities relating to all types of forests. (Xinhua)