Announcing the New Civil Society Organizations' Representatives to the UN-REDD Policy Board

The results of the global self-selection process for Civil Society Representatives to the UN-REDD Policy Board have now been tallied up.

We are happy to welcome the following self-selected CSO representatives:

CSO Representatives
Newly selected representatives of civil society and indigenous peoples participated in the third UN-REDD Policy Board meeting
For Africa:
Centre d’Accompagnement des Autochtones Pygmées et Minoritaires Vulnérables (CAMV, Support Center for Indigenous Pygmys and Vulnerable Minorities)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Pacifique Mukumba Isumbisho, Executive Director

For Asia and the Pacific:
The Papua New Guinea Eco-Forestry Forum
Papua New Guinea
Effrey Dademo, Program Manager

For Latin America and the Caribbean:
Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (IPAM, Amazon Environmental Research Institute)
Paula Moreira, Lawyer

For Industrialized Countries:
Global Witness
Rosalind Reeve, Forest Campaign Manager

The call for nominations, which ran between August 17th and September 11th, resulted in the nomination of fifty-seven civil society organizations to serve as representatives for the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board. These nominations were made publicly available on the UN-REDD Programme website through the voting period, which lasted from September 14 – September 28th. Close to 700 ballots were received and tallied and the results of the selection were announced on October 1, 2009. The Rights and Resources Initiative facilitated the self-selection process for the UN-REDD Programme on behalf of 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 a 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 CSO representatives at least once per year. The civil society 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 CSO representatives 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.