Organizers of the upcoming Interim REDD+ Partnership meeting in Oslo recently distributed a draft partnership document, which proposes that the UN-REDD Programme and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) teams could assume the Secretariat duties of the proposed REDD+ interim arrangement. Below is the official joint response to this proposal from the UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank.
Response to Interim REDD+ Partnership Document
May 12 2010
UN-REDD, a collaborative of three UN agencies (FAO, UNDP and UNEP), and the World Bank, which facilitates the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and partners with other Multilateral Development Banks in managing the Forest Investment Program (FIP), recognize the important contribution that could be made by an interim REDD+ partnership pending agreement within the UNFCCC on a future REDD+ mechanism. Accordingly, we appreciate receiving the partnership proposal and the invitation to participate in the upcoming meeting in Oslo.
We are pleased to advise you that, since COP 15 in Copenhagen, the FCPF Facility Management Team, the UN-REDD Secretariat and the CIF Administrative Unit are working together to respond to calls by their respective governance bodies to explore options for enhancing cooperation and coordination. This includes an effort by the FCPF Facility Management Team and the UN-REDD Secretariat to develop a joint delivery platform for REDD+ readiness, which would encompass an agreed set of operating principles and common standards, including a shared readiness template.
Recognizing that the governance bodies of these three initiatives have already called for a review and analysis of how best to coordinate their operations and to promote collaboration and on-the-ground synergies, we are confident that they will fully support all efforts to achieve the objectives of the proposed partnership to scale up REDD+ actions and finance and to improve the effectiveness, transparency and coordination of existing REDD+ initiatives.
If so requested by the partnership, the UN-REDD Programme and the FCPF secretariats are ready to provide the services envisaged in the partnership document in an effective and efficient manner.
We remain fully committed to a comprehensive, coordinated approach to the provision of REDD+ services so as to address country needs in a timely and collaborative manner at a scale required to address the enormous challenges presented by climate change.