Creating visibility to REDD+ in international fora

The UN-REDD Programme has created visibility to REDD+ in international fora, and has expanded from 9 Partner Countries in 2009 to 64 Partner Countries, across Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. 

This has ensured that people at all over the world are aware of the importance of forests while choosing to take responsibility for their actions. 

Aligning forests and sustainable development

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the endorsement of the historic Paris Agreement, REDD+ has been enshrined as a global mechanism to fight climate change.

The UN-REDD Programme has acted as a catalyst for many of the countries that have included forest and land use measures in their Nationally Determined Contributions to mitigate climate change.

Bringing forest to the fore of the climate change agenda

The UN-REDD Programme is supporting developing countries to strengthen their active participation in the UNFCCC COP process and has contributed to a substantive level of consensus in REDD+ negotiations. 

While sharing experiences in REDD+ readiness, many countries have helped shape the emerging global REDD+ architecture – including the Warsaw Framework and Cancun Agreement – with UN-REDD support.

Forming a UN-based international co-operation strategy

As an inter-agency coordination and collaboration mechanism, the UN-REDD Programme has been a model for UN agency partnerships. 

Increased partnership with other developmental-sector entities

The UN-REDD Programme is the largest international provider of REDD+ readiness assistance in terms of funding, expertise and geographical scope.

Additionally, the UN-REDD Programme collaborates with several other initiatives, including the World Bank, Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI), UNFCCC, IPCC and SilvaCarbon platform that has been used in several countries. 

Building technical mechanisms to safeguard forests


The key focus of the UN-REDD Programme has been to assist UN-REDD Partner Countries develop the Four Pillars of the Warsaw Convention: National Forest Monitoring System; Forest Reference Emission Levels/Forest Reference Levels; Safeguards Information Systems; and National Strategies or Action Plans.

Encouraging countries to achieve forest enhancement goals

The UN-REDD Programme has been helping Partner Countries align and achieve their climate and forest goals, while enabling countries to learn from the vast experience and best practice approaches of all Partner Countries; progress from REDD+ readiness to implementation; and to ultimately access results-based payments. 

Listening to everyone's viewpoint

In the drafting of the national REDD strategies, the UN-REDD Programme has supported governmental institutions and other stakeholder groups to collaborate and consult each other and to determine responsibilities.

In addition, the design of national protocols for Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) was supported in Argentina and Honduras, among other countries, aiming at safeguarding the political and territorial rights of indigenous peoples in REDD+ processes.

Men and women treated as equals

In 2017, 23 UN-REDD Partner Countries made positive strides in integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment principles within nationally-led REDD+ action. Such efforts are successfully being undertaken along the phases of the REDD+ policy cycle and across the five streams of the Programme’s Gender Approach. 

In many instances, these gender actions are undertaken in parallel, re-enforcing and strengthening their reach within countries in helping to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. The progress being made on gender equality is encouraging, and foundations are being laid for reducing gender inequalities and for respecting the knowledge, safeguarding the rights, and promoting the livelihoods of forest users, both women and men.

Connecting with the private sector

As partner countries are progressing on REDD+ Readiness, there is sustained or even increasing interest to involve the private sector in national REDD+ processes, as companies (particularly in agriculture, but also mining, forestry, infrastructure and other sectors) are often major drivers of deforestation and forest degradation.


UN-REDD Programme support for countries on private-sector engagement has shifted from a focus on the private sector as a possible source of REDD+ finance to the private sector as the key agent of change in reducing deforestation and forest degradation. 

Ensuring that land rights are clear

Clear and secure land tenure is a key enabling condition that underpins success in implementing REDD+. The UN-REDD Programme continues to support partner countries to address tenure issues in the context of their national programs and commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement, nationally determined contributions, Sustainable Development Goals and other international obligations.

The provision of clear tenure rights over forests is a basis for the sustainable management of forest resources and contributes to reducing carbon emissions. The UN-REDD Programme is committed to supporting countries as they identify and implement appropriate strategies to address tenure issues.