How We Work

The Programme


The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening capacity and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The overall development goal of the Programme is to reduce forest emissions and enhance carbon stocks in forests while contributing to national sustainable development.


The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in the implementation of REDD+ activities agreed under the UNFCCC.


The Programme has expanded steadily since its establishment and over 60 countries spanning Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America are now partners.

We support partner countries through:

  • Direct support to the design and implementation of National REDD+ Programmes;

  • Complementary tailored support to national REDD+ actions; and

  • Technical capacity building support through sharing of expertise, common approaches, analyses, methodologies, tools, data, best practices and facilitated South-South knowledge sharing.

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The UN-REDD Programme's 2016-2020 governance arrangements allow for the full and effective participation of all UN-REDD Programme stakeholders – partner countries, donors, indigenous peoples, civil society organizations, participating UN agencies – while ensuring streamlined decision-making processes and clear lines of accountability.

The governance arrangements are built on and informed by five principles: inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, consensus-based decisions and participation. 


UN-REDD Programme 2016-2020 governance arrangements include:



Executive Board

The UN-REDD Programme Executive Board  has general oversight for the Programme, taking decisions on the allocation of the UN-REDD Programme fund resources. It meets bi-annually, or more frequently as required to efficiently carry out its roles and responsibilities.




The UN-REDD Programme Assembly is a broad multi-stakeholder forum with the role to foster consultation, dialogue and knowledge exchange among UN-REDD Programme stakeholders.

National Steering Committees 

National Steering Committees facilitate strong country ownership and shared/common decision-making for National REDD+ Programmes, and include representatives of civil society and indigenous peoples. Each National Steering Committee provides oversight for National Programmes, addressing any delays, changes or reorientation of a programme and ensuring alignment with and delivery of results as expected and approved by the Executive Board. 

Multi-Party Trust Fund Office

The Multi-Party Trust Fund Office provides real-time funding administration to the UN-REDD Programme. 



Access to information is fundamental to the effective participation of all stakeholders, including the public, in the advancement of REDD+ efforts around the world. Information sharing promotes transparency and accountability and enables public participation in REDD+ activities. 


The collaborating UN agencies of the UN-REDD Programme –  FAO, UNEP and UNDP – are committed to making information about the Programme and its operations available to the public in the interest of transparency.

As part of this commitment, the Programme publishes annual and semi-annual programme progress reports and provides online public access to real-time funding administration

The public disclosure / access to information / oversight policies of the three collaborating UN agencies of the UN-REDD Programme are available here:


For requests for information related to the UN-REDD Programme, please Contact Us.