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Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in REDD+ Highlighted at the UNPFII

At the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII), the UN-REDD Programme presented its forthcoming FPIC and Recourse Guidelines, and joint guidelines for stakeholder engagement recently developed with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and Forest Investment Program.

The issue of upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples in forest management was a hotly discussed topic at the 10th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII), held 16-27 May 2011 in New York. Observance of the right of Indigenous Peoples to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) on activities that may affect their lands, territories and livelihoods was one of the matters being reviewed by the UNFPII this year.

Ensuring that Indigenous Peoples and other forest dependent communities are able to engage effectively in REDD+ and that their rights are respected is central to the UN-REDD Programme approach. The Programme has therefore been collaborating actively with the UNFPII since 2009 to develop standards and guidelines on stakeholder engagement.

Charles McNeill, Senior Policy Advisor, Environment and Energy Group, UNDP, delivered a statement to the UNPFII emphasizing the UN-REDD Programme’s commitment to free, prior and informed consent.

Charles McNeill, Senior Policy Advisor, Environment and Energy Group, UNDP, presented a statement on the UN-REDD Programme’s commitment to further the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and uphold the right to FPIC during the UNPFII session on FPIC.

The UN-REDD Programme also hosted a well-attended side event to present its upcoming FPIC and Recourse Guidelines for the Programme. These are being developed using inputs from a series of regional consultations with Indigenous Peoples’ representatives held between June 2010 and January 2011 in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Guidelines will be used by countries participating in the UN-REDD Programme when designing and implementing REDD+ actions.

The side event, chaired by Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director of Tebtebba Foundation, included presentations on the process used to develop the Guidelines and their content (access presentations here), and reflections from Diego Escobar Guzman, Indigenous Peoples’ representative for the LAC region on the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board, who also participated in the LAC regional consultation. This was followed by a stimulating discussion with the audience on a range of issues, including how the Guidelines dealt with key definitions and an elaboration of the principles for recourse. The Guidelines will be released in July 2011 for public review and will be made available on the UN-REDD Programme website.

Additionally, the UN-REDD Programme co-organized a separate side event with the World Bank-hosted Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and Forest Investment Program (FIP), to highlight the Programme's collaboration with these two initiatives (access presentations here). Through harmonizing policy guidance and carrying out joint missions, the three initiatives are implementing a coordinated approach to supporting the engagement of Indigenous Peoples in REDD+.

The joint side event of the UN-REDD Programme, FCPF and FIP highlighted how the three initiatives are working to align their approaches to engage Indigenous Peoples in REDD+.

One of the notable outputs of these efforts is the joint FCPF and UN-REDD Programme Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness with a Focus on the Participation of Indigenous Peoples and Other Forest Dependent Communities. These will be used by countries participating in REDD+ under the FCPF and the UN-REDD Programme, providing guidance on supporting the full and effective participation of communities in REDD+ at all levels. A draft is currently available for public review until 1 July 2011 (more information here).

Every year, the Forum brings together Indigenous Peoples’ representatives from around the world to discuss issues relating to Indigenous Peoples’ social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights.

In this issue


Solomon Islands Now Ready for REDD+ Readiness

Providing Information on Governance of Forests and REDD+

6 New Countries Join the UN-REDD Programme
Features & Commentary

Advancing on MRV for REDD+ in Mexico
By: Rosa María Román

Making the Case for REDD+
By: Dr. Yemi Katerere
Reports & Analysis

Safeguards Highlighted at UN-REDD and Ecuador Event in Bonn

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in REDD+ Highlighted at the UNPFII
Looking ahead

Oslo REDD Exchange
23-24 June, 2011: Oslo, Norway

Latin America and Caribbean REDD+ capacity building workshop
5-8 July, 2011: Quito, Ecuador
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