UN-REDD Supports REDD+ Partnership Progress at COP18 in Doha
The UN-REDD Programme and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility supported a REDD+ Partnership meeting which sought to reflect on past achievements and prospects looking forward.
On 5 December, 173 participants including 27 ministers, high-level representatives from REDD+ Partnership countries and stakeholders reaffirmed their commitment to the REDD+ Partnership, and to continue their REDD+ efforts during a new period of work. The meeting, supported by the UN-REDD Programme and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, was co-chaired by Mr. René Castro Salazar, Minister for Environment, Energy and Telecommunications, Costa Rica, and Mr. Jonathan Pershing, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, USA. They opened the meeting with remarks about how the Partnership has evolved since its launch in May 2010, and its prospects looking forward.
Aspirations for the REDD+ Partnership were high.
Senior-level government representatives celebrated the Partnership’s achievements since 2010 as well as the contribution by countries to progress the UNFCCC negotiations and the implementation of REDD+ at the national level. They also reiterated their commitment to mobilizing their collective capacities to further the global battle against climate change, and to continuing to seek effective ways to achieve the objective of the Partnership by scaling up REDD+ actions and finance. As a signal of its commitment to the continued work of the Partnership, Germany announced its contribution of an additional US$1 million to support the Partnership budget in the coming years.
The high-level event recognized the value of the open dialogue catalyzed by the Partnership, as well as several initiatives carried out by the REDD+ Partnership during its first three years, including the Voluntary REDD+ Database (VRD), which was acknowledged as an important contribution to improving transparency on REDD+ financing and actions and eventually improving the process of reporting on funding by donor and recipient countries. The latest figures from the VRD indicate that to date almost US$6.27 billion has been reported in funding for 95 REDD+ countries.
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The REDD+ Partnership is composed of 75 partner countries, and works with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve its core objective. Areas of work include improving the effectiveness, efficiency, transparency and coordination of REDD+ initiatives and financial instruments, to facilitate among other things knowledge transfer, capacity enhancement, mitigation actions and technology development and transfer.
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