Reports & Analysis
Representatives of civil society organizations now elected to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board
The self-selection process has now been concluded and four representatives have been elected, representing four regions of the world
|Newly selected representatives of civil society and indigenous peoples participated in the third UN-REDD |
Policy Board meeting
Newly elected civil society representatives have just attended the first UN-REDD Programme Policy Board, 29-30 October 2009. The Policy Board warmly welcomed the following new members: Mr. Pacifique Mukumba Isumbisho, Executive Director for the Support Center for Indigenous Pygmys and Vulnerable Minorities, representing civil society organizations from Africa; Ms. Effrey Dademo, Programme Manager of the Papua New Guinea Eco-Forestry Forum, representing civil society organizations from Asia and the Pacific; Ms. Paula Moreira, Lawyer for Amazon Environmental Research Institute, representing civil society organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean; and Ms. Rosalind Reeve, Forest Campaign Manager for Global Witness, representing developed countries’ civil society. Amongst the representatives, Ms. Rosalind Reeve was selected by consensus within the group to hold the first rotating seat for this meeting.
“We see the UN-REDD Programme as a leader on issues of measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), MRV beyond carbon, civil society rights issues, consultation and engagement, and governance through its global programme,” says industrialized countries’ representative Ms. Reeves. “From our [industrialized countries] perspective, our expectation is that the results and recommendations of these processes be fed back into the national programmes. We would also like to see a very robust REDD mechanism that ensures that developed countries’ taxpayers money goes where it is supposed to go and actually works for REDD.”
“Our expectation is that the voices of the communities, who have been keeping the forests intact for millenia for the benefit for humanity, be included in the UN-REDD national programmes,” says Africa representative Mr. Isumbisho. “We will also work hard to inform our networks of what is being discussed on REDD and we will help them disseminate the information to their members.”
The self-selection process to identify the civil society organizations member and observers to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board, mandated by the UN-REDD Programme Rules of Procedure, was launched on 14 August with a call for nominations, which ran between 17 August and 11 September. In total, 57 nominations were received: 31 for the Africa region, 8 for Asia and the Pacific, 8 for Latin America and the Caribbean, and 10 for industrialized countries.
The nominations were made publicly available on the UN-REDD Programme website through the voting period, which lasted from 14 September to 28 September. A total of 684 ballots were received and 1651 votes cast and tallied, with 587 votes for the African candidates, 366 for Asia and the Pacific, 379 for Latin America, and 319 for industrialized countries.
The results of the selection were announced on 1 October, 2009. The winning organization from Africa received 253 votes, or 43% of the regional vote; from Asia and the Pacific, 91 votes, or 25% of regional vote; from Latin America and the Caribbean 108, or 29% of regional vote; and, from industrialized countries, 143 votes or 45% of the regional vote.
The Rights and Resources Initiative facilitated the self-selection process for the UN-REDD Programme on behalf of the Civil Society Advisory Group on Rights, Forests and Climate Change.
As set out in the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board Rules of Procedure and Operational Guidance, one full member seat is reserved for a representative of civil society, as identified via the self-selection process. To support the full member, there are three observer seats for civil society. Full member status will rotate among the group of civil society representatives at least once per year. The representatives identified via the self-selection process will determine among themselves who shall serve first as the full member.
The civil society representatives to the Policy Board are expected to:
- Attend and participate in UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meetings, which will be held at least twice a year, beginning with the next meeting at the end of October 2009
- Provide input on meeting agendas and share and disseminate information among their networks, organizations, and constituencies on the UN-REDD Programme meetings and processes
- In the interim between meetings, solicit issues and concerns to be raised at the meetings on behalf of civil society organizations and their constituencies
- Work together with the other representatives of civil society organizations to advise the full member, strategize and decide on interventions, recommend agenda items to be presented at Policy Board meetings and work with indigenous peoples representatives and observers to strategize on potentially overlapping issues
We hope you join us in welcoming and working with these representatives – they are the voices of civil society organizations in the governing body of the Programme!