In a few short weeks, the UN-REDD Programme will host its eighth
Policy Board meeting in Asuncion, Paraguay on 25-26 March. These
meetings are critically important as they provide a forum for
the full range of UN-REDD Programme stakeholders to participate
in the decisions that shape the future direction of the Programme.
At this meeting, we look forward to receiving UN-REDD National
Programme documents and funding requests from Republic of Congo
Lanka. Both of these countries have been active UN-REDD
Programme partner countries since they joined two years ago,
and have done significant groundwork and stakeholder outreach
to prepare their UN-REDD National Programmes.
The Policy Board will also receive an update on the Programme's
initial work, in collaboration with the Forest Carbon Partnership
Facility (FCPF), to design and undertake a country needs assessment
that will help to inform how the Programme can best deliver
support to countries moving forward. The Board will discuss
strategic issues such how the UN-REDD Programme can engage with
the Green Climate Fund established at COP17 in December 2011.
The Board will also hear progress updates on the Programme's
work in the areas of monitoring and information for REDD+, Free,
Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), as well as the Programme's
draft Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria.
Once again, the UN-REDD Programme is pleased to be coordinating
with FCPF in holding back-to-back governing meetings (FCPF's
Participants Committee meeting is happening in Asuncion 28-30
March), in order to streamline travel arrangements for participants
attending both meetings. In addition, the two iniatives will
hold a joint meeting of the two governing bodies on 27 March,
to discuss a range of common issues and provide partner countries
with the opportunity to highlight their progress and exchange
As always, we look forward to exchanging with country representatives
as well as the diverse stakeholders, including civil society
and Indigenous Peoples, who will participate in our upcoming
Policy Board meeting. To those of you joining us in Asuncion
in a few weeks, we wish you safe travels and we look forward
to seeing you soon. Policy Board documentation will
be available on the UN-REDD Programme website and workspace
as of 12 March.
Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat