The sixth edition of "State of the World's Forests" presents a global picture of the forest sector and the latest information on activities and developments. Contributions highlight challenges and opportunities related to some of today's key emerging issues. The theme of the 2005 edition - "realizing the economic benefits from forests" - recognizes that the economic viability of the forest sector is a prerequisite to safeguarding the environmental, social and cultural functions of the resource. Enhancing these functions is vital to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals - not only to the goal of ensuring environmental sustainability, where the contribution of forests is obvious, but also to the goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. "State of the World's Forests 2005" will provide policy-makers, foresters, academics and other interested readers with the most up-to-date information and views on emerging issues in the sector today.