COP21 official side event: Looking Forward: REDD+ post-2015  -- REGISTER TO ATTEND
Tuesday, 8 December 2015 -- 18:30-20:00 -- Observer Room 03


Forests are now overwhelmingly acknowledged as fundamental to efforts to combat global climate change and to stay well below a 2⁰ Celsius change.

This high-level United Nations side event, organized by the UN-REDD Programme, will include the participation of heads of agencies from FAO, UNDP and UNEP, and will highlight the important role of REDD+ to make a major contribution to global climate change mitigation efforts and the implementation of the Paris Agreement, while realizing sustainable development.

The UN-REDD Programme will be highlighted as an important facilitator to realize this potential for REDD+ through the delivery of the 2016-2020 UN-REDD Programme Strategic Framework, in the “Era of Implementation” post-Paris. Key aspects of this strategy will be highlighted, including its country-led approach and goal to support countries to implement the pillars of the Warsaw Framework for REDD+ and other UNFCCC guidance/requirements.

This will also be discussed in the context of growing political momentum for REDD+, and growing forest country REDD+ capacity development needs (now 64 and growing partner countries of the UN-REDD Programme).

The high-level panel is expected to include: Helen Clark, Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme and Chair of the United Nations Development Group; Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations; Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization; Rémi Allah-Kouadio, Cote d'Ivoire Minister of the Environment; Joan Carling, Secretary-General, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, and member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; Mario Boccucci, Head of UN-REDD Programme Secretariat (moderator). Interventions from the floor from other forest countries including: Zambia, Kenya, Myanmar, Costa Rica, and others.