New Civil Society, Indigenous Peoples Observers Selected for UN-REDD Policy Board
New observers have been selected through a robust self-selection process to represent each of the regions where the UN-REDD Programme works.
The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to announce the results of the self-selection process for new observers to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board: four new civil society representatives and three new indigenous peoples representatives. The term of the newly selected representatives begins with the ninth UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting in the Republic of Congo in October 2012, and representatives will serve until 2014. The Programme would like to thank all civil society and indigenous peoples organizations who were nominated for the observer positions, and those who voted and participated in the selection process. Click here for more information on the UN-REDD Programme’s Rules of Procedure governing the self-selection processes, and the duties and responsibilities of observers.
New civil society representatives
The self-selection process to choose civil society representatives was conducted by the Bank Information Center between July and September 2012, in consultation with the Independent Advisory Group on Forests, Rights and Climate Change. There was overwhelming interest in the positions: a total of 92 organizations were self/nominated: 55 for Africa, 20 for Asia-Pacific and 17 for Latin America and the Caribbean. Click here for more information on the self selection process, including a list of the nominated organizations.
For Africa, the new observer organization is the NGO Coalition for Environment (NGOCE), an environmental network of NGOs and CBOs with over 45 members based in Nigeria. NGOCE has as its primary focus the protection of the Cross River State environment, which encompasses the last remaining tropical rainforest in Nigeria, 90 per cent of which is located in Cross River State, as well as the mangrove ecosystem.
For Asia, the new observer organization is the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), an independent non-profit civil society organization based in Pakistan that serves as a source of expertise for policy analysis and development, policy intervention, and policy and program advisory services. You can learn more about SDPI at their website.
For Latin America, the new observer organization is the Ut’z Che’ Association, a Guatemalan umbrella organization of 36 community-based indigenous and farmers’ organizations representing some 30,000 members. Ut’z Che’ is also a member of the National Climate Change Table and the National Alliance of Community Forestry Organizations. You can learn more about Ut’z Che’ on their website.
For the developed countries, the new observer organization is the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), based in the USA. EDF works on the most urgent environmental threats to the climate, oceans, ecosystems and people's health. EDF has a strong domestic focus for its on-the-ground programs, but its International Program focuses on the UNFCCC negotiations, related policy making fora, and the large International Financial Institutions such as the World Bank. For more information about EDF, consult their website.
New indigenous peoples representatives
The self-selection process to identify indigenous peoples representatives was conducted by the regional Indigenous Peoples caucuses around the 11th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues earlier this year.
For Africa, the Community Research and Development Services (CORDS) from Tanzania was re-elected for a second term. CORDS was created to address the security of tenure for key pastoral resources such as land, grazing, water and mineral resources; improved animal health and inclusion of pastoral communities in social development processes. Please visit CORDS’ website for more information.
For Asia, the new observer organization is the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN), an autonomous and politically non-partisan, national-level organization. NEFIN currently consists of 54 indigenous member organizations widely distributed throughout the Terai, Hills and Himalayas of Nepal. You can learn more about NEFIN on their website.
For Latin America, the new observer organization is the Andean Coordinator for Indigenous Organizations (Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas, CAOI), uniting indigenous organizations in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. Its main objective is the full realization of indigenous peoples’ rights, particularly rights to self-determination, land, consultation, and free, prior and informed consent with the goal of constructing Buen Vivir (Living Well) and multinational states. CAOI carries out research and political advocacy on the regional and international fora. For more information on CAOI, visit their website.
The Full Member representing indigenous peoples is the Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, currently Ms. Myrna Cunningham Kain, whose term is valid through 2013.