The mission of the Global Forest Coalition is to reduce poverty amongst, and avoid impoverishment of, Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent peoples, by advocating the rights of these peoples as a basis for forest policy and addressing the direct and underlying causes of deforestation and forest degradation.
The main strategic approach of the Global Forest Coalition is to build the capacity of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples´ Organizations (IPOs) to monitor and engage in international forest policy and support national initiatives to implement the results of international forest policy processes.
A second, complementary strategy is to facilitate joint advocacy campaigns by its members, targeting international forest policy processes to ensure that they promote socially just and effective forest policies that respect the rights and needs of Indigenous Peoples and other forest peoples.
The specific objectives of the Global Forest Coalition are:
In February 2008, GFC adopted a gender mainstreaming strategy. The goal of the gender mainstreaming strategy is to ensure the rights, roles and needs of women and men are given equal attention in all the programs and activities of the Global Forest Coalition, and in its institutional structure. The overall goal is the achievement of gender equity.