UN-REDD Highlights Partner Country Progress in Briefing to UN missions in Geneva
The UN-REDD Programme, in partnership with Norway, recently hosted a briefing on country progress to the diplomatic corps in Geneva, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Indonesia spoke about their significant REDD+ inroads to date.
The Programme was pleased to welcome representatives from Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), FAO, Indonesia, IUCN, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Panama, Poland, Philippines, Switzerland, UNDP, UNEP and Zimbabwe to the event.
In her welcoming remarks, H.E. Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen of the Permanent Mission of Norway in Geneva underscored that the UN must play a key role in supporting developing countries' efforts to reduce deforestation.
|Representatives of permanent missions to the UN in Geneva, NGOs and UN-REDD Programme partners gather for the UN-REDD Programme briefing, which took place in Geneva 9 May.
“By focusing on good governance, forest monitoring, ecosystem services, stakeholder engagement, equitable sharing of benefits and gender equality, the UN-REDD Programme is uniquely placed to support governments in planning and implementing national strategies for REDD+”, she said. Ambassador Angell-Hansen also stressed that the demand for support from developing countries is far higher than current financial commitments can support.
During a presentation on the UN-REDD Programme's recent activities and support to countries, Dr. Yemi Katerere, Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat, explained that the REDD+ landscape was multifaceted and called for building partnerships to develop policies, capacity building and scaling up financing to deliver effectively at the national level. Dr. Katerere underscored that the most important contribution from the Programme continues to be delivering support to build capacity on the ground.
“The Cancun Agreements on REDD+ provided the political impetus, it is now up to the countries and our role is to support them", said Dr. Katerere.
|From left to right: Gry Asp Solstad and Bente Angell-Hansen, Norway; Christophe Bouvier, UNEP, Brigitte Mukundji Eale, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Brigitte Mukundji Eale, Climate Expert for the DRC's Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Geneva (UNOG) presented achievements, progress and challenges in DRC’s national REDD+ readiness phase. Ms. Mukundji Eale explained that 62 per cent of DRC’s landscape was forested and REDD+ was an opportunity for the country to contribute to the fight against climate change. She stressed that for the DRC there are three success factors for REDD+ to work: national ownership, capacity building and cooperation with partners such as the UN-REDD Programme. With the support of partners, the DRC is now ready to move into the next REDD+ readiness phase.
Download presentations from the briefing.