The UN-REDD Programme works to support the full and effective engagement of indigenous peoples, other forest-dependent people, women, youth and civil society organizations in national and international REDD+ fora and initiatives; and assisting national and international REDD+ processes to establish transparent and accountable REDD+ guidelines and strategies that recognize and respect the rights of, and respond to the concerns of, these stakeholders.

 At the Global level this is supported in a number of ways, through:

o    Increasing the capacity of these stakeholders to participate in international and national decision-making processes and creating entry points to support them to engage and meaningfully influence these decision-making processes;

o    Developing and supporting the implementation of principles, standards and guidelines for UN-REDD Programme activities that support these aims and provide a framework to uphold the rights of these stakeholders;

 The UN-REDD Programme will also support and facilitate multi-stakeholder processes that contribute to other areas of work such as economic transformation, multiple benefit sharing and carbon monitoring. The sections below provide more information on these activities.

 Stakeholder engagement and decision-making in REDD+

Tne important facet of the UN-REDD Programme’s body of work to uphold the rights of Indigenous Peoples (IP), local communities and civil society stakeholders, is centred on the need to support the full and effective participation of stakeholders in decision-making processes at the global levels of the UN-REDD Programme and in associated processes, such as the UNFCCC climate talks. These goals are supported in the following ways:

Ensuring representation on the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board - Indigenous Peoples and civil society organizations (CSOs) representatives are represented on the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board on an equal footing to countries, donors and implementing UN agencies/programmes. You can read more about the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples and CSOs on the Policy Board here.

Supporting capacity building and entry points into decision-making processes – The UN-REDD Programme actively supports IP and CSO representatives to effectively participate in other initiatives and processes in the sphere of REDD+ decision making. For instance, the UN-REDD Programme has supported IP and CSO representatives to attend: the annual UNFCCC CoP meetings; various REDD+ related CBD meetings, including the CBD Asia-Pacific regional consultation and capacity-building workshop on REDD+ (read more here); ….take from matrix

Principles, standards and guidelines on stakeholder engagement

The UN-REDD Programme is required to support agreements under the UNFCCC negotiations and fulfils its obligations to implement international instruments such as: the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, ILO 169 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Operationalizing the principles of these instruments into UN-REDD Programme activities is therefore an important objective. 

In 2009 the UN-REDD Programme developed its Operational Guidance on the Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and other Forest Dependent Communities to inform the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities at the global and national level. This Operational Guidance is currently being harmonized with stakeholder engagement guidance provided by the World Bank hosted Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) for use in countries where both initiatives support REDD+ readiness activities. The initial draft version of this harmonized guidance Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement in REDD+ Readiness with a focus on Indigenous Peoples and Forest Dependent Communities is currently being reviewed and finalized. You can read more information on the process behind the development of these guidance documents here.

Currently the UN-REDD Programme is developing guidelines for upholding the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent and supporting recourse mechanisms. These guidelines will be finalised in August 2011 and appended to the joint Guidelines for Stakeholder Engagement. You can read more about this initiative here.