The UN-REDD Programme depends entirely on voluntary funds. A number of donors contributed to the Programme during its 2008-2015 phase, with the Government of Norway providing a significant portion of the funds.
Other donors included the governments of the European Commission, Denmark, Japan, Luxembourg and Spain.
The Government of Switzerland joined the Programme's group of supportive donors in 2016 with a contribution to the 2016-2020 phase of the UN-REDD Programme.
Donor support to the UN-REDD Programme totals more than US$280 million.
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The Programme encourages more donors to contribute, preferably by providing flexible and predictable funds that allow for long-term planning and the full implementation of activities. However, contributions to specific outcomes and/or countries are also welcome.
The UN-REDD Programme 2016-2020 Strategic Framework, along with Annual Programme Progress Reports, demonstrate the value and quality of the UN-REDD Programme, and serve as a basis for discussion with current and new donors concerning possible partnerships.
The UN-REDD Programme operates on the principles of joint programming of the UN Development Group (UNDG) and utilizes the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund, where funds received from donors are pooled and implementation is the responsibility of the three participating UN organizations, applying the pass-through modality.
Furthermore, the Programme is guided by the five inter-related principles of the UNDG:
Adopting a Human-Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to programming, with particular reference to the UNDG guidelines on Indigenous Peoples’ issues;
Promoting gender equality;
Enhancing environmental sustainability;
Using results-based management; and
Undertaking capacity development.