Our Donors


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. 

Key Donor Resources

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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.

External Evaluation Team

(2014 UN-REDD Programme evaluation)

“The UN-REDD Programme has helped draw global and national attention to the importance of forests. It has given previously marginalized populations a strong voice in relevant decision-making arenas; it is leading countries to engage in policy reforms, increase transparency and reduce the risk of corruption; it has triggered the search for viable solutions to the problems associated with deforestation; it is supporting the valuation of forests and the services they provide; and it has allowed a broad range of stakeholders to gain experience with an innovative construct that now makes it possible to better articulate the conditions for sustainability and how such an agenda should be pursued.”

Christiana Figueres

UNFCCC Executive Secretary (2010-2016)

"The continuous support of multilateral initiatives like the UN-REDD Programme ensures that nationally led REDD+ efforts in developing countries are driven faster forward. The UN-REDD Programme has contributed greatly to building capacities and providing support to allow these efforts to take root and grow."

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2016-2020 Strategic Framework
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