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IP & civil society representation in UN-REDD governance
Credits: FAO/Roberto Faidutti

The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board is a consensus-based governing body made up of representatives from partner countries, donors to the Multi-Partner Trust Fund, civil society, indigenous peoples, and UN agencies. The Policy Board provides overall leadership, strategic direction and financial allocations to ensure the overall success of the Programme. There are a total of 4 indigenous peoples and 4 CSO representatives, one of each serving on the Policy Board as full members, supported by three regional observers. Observers and full members fully participate in the deliberations of the Board and full members have veto power. More information on the operation of the Policy Board can be found here.

In recognition of the fact that indigenous peoples’ and CSO representatives from the global South may require resources in order to fulfil their role on the Board – such as communicating information on UN-REDD Programme activities, procedures and decisions to their regional constituencies, and gathering feedback - funds are made available to carry out activities at the regional and country levels in each of the three UN-REDD Programme regions (Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean). Activities carried out by the indigenous peoples and civil society representatives to the Policy Board to date under this funding line include country-level consultations with indigenous and civil society stakeholders in Africa, and missions to countries in Latin America to support stakeholder engagement activities.

For More Information on our indigenous peoples representatives to the Policy Board please click HERE.

For More Information on our civil society representatives to the Policy Board please click HERE.

During the sixth Policy Board meeting held in Dalat, Viet Nam, the Policy Board decided that, with the exception of the indigenous peoples Full Member to the Policy Board who would always be the serving Chair of the UNPFII, the regional indigenous peoples and civil society representatives will be rotated every 2 years, with the current representatives’ term concluding with the completion of the eighth Policy Board Meeting in 2012.

Responding to the request of the indigenous peoples and civil society representatives to the Policy Board, the UN-REDD Programme organizes a full-day meeting immediately preceding each Policy Board meeting where they can meet exclusively to coordinate and formulate positions and proposals to the Policy Board on key issues tabled for discussion.