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Welcoming Remarks by Mr. William Street, Chairman of PEFC International, at the 19th PEFC General Assembly

"This talk of our history tends to put me in a mood to reminisce and to reflect on where we have been and what might lie ahead. Whenever I reflect on the past I always seek to understand how history will judge us. Will we pass the ultimate test of all human endeavors; will we pass the test of time?"

"In less than two decades, a proverbial drop in the bucket of history, PEFC has gone from an organization of 11 national certification systems to 38 member countries and growing. Today, two thirds of all certified forests globally are certified to PEFC. More than half of all the world’s traded sustainable forest products are sourced from PEFC forests. This makes PEFC the world’s leading forest certification system and the world’s largest source of eco-certified forest products."

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