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Global Witness’s role on the UN-REDD Policy Board

21st March 2011
  • This page contains further information on the UN-REDD Policy Board and documents relating to UN-REDD, including Global Witness’ reviews of proposed national REDD+ programmes and reports from Policy Board meetings.

Global Witness on the UN-REDD Policy Board

Global Witness is one of four civil society organizations elected to the UN-REDD Policy Board in September 2009 and represents developed country non-governmental organisations. The other three organisations represent each of the three UN-REDD Programme regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Full membership of the Board rotates among the four elected civil society organisations. Indigenous Peoples are represented by the Chair of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, with three regional representatives holding observer status.

Civil society observers to the UN-REDD Policy Board: 

Indigenous peoples’ representatives on the UN-REDD Policy Board:

Documents relating to Policy Board meetings


Seventh Policy Board – Berlin, Germany, 13-14 October 2011
The Board approved funding for Nigeria’s National Programme.

Sixth Policy Board – Da Lat, Viet Nam, 21-22 March 2011

The Board approved funding for Ecuador’s full National Programme and considered an initial draft version of the UN-REDD Programme’s Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria.

Fifth Policy Board – Washington D.C., USA. November 2010

The Board approved funding for full National Programmes in Cambodia and Paraguay and initial Programmes in the Philippines and Solomon Islands.

The Board approved Papua New Guinea’s full National Programme on the condition that it first addresses a series of recommendations. A final five-year strategy for 2011-15, which included amendments proposed by Global Witness and other CSOs, was endorsed by the Board.

Official UN-REDD documents from the meeting

Fourth Policy Board – Nairobi, Kenya. March 2010

The Board approved funding for full National Programmes in Bolivia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. A draft five-year strategy for

2011-15 was endorsed by the Board pending revisions.

Third Policy Board – Washington D.C., USA. October 2009

The Board approved funding for a full National Programme in Panama. In advance of the meeting, additional money was earmarked for a full National Programme in Papua New Guinea at the country’s request.

Second Policy Board – Montreux, Switzerland. June 2009

Global Witness attended the second Policy Board meeting prior to being elected as the civil society representative for developed countries. The Board earmarked funding for a full National Programme in Panama, but the country’s proposal was deemed ineligible for procedural reasons and Panama was invited to submit a proposal at a later date.

First Policy Board – Panama. March 2009

The Board approved funding for full National Programmes in Tanzania, Viet Nam and Indonesia and initial Programmes in Democratic Republic of Congo and Papua New Guinea.