UN Secretary General Calls for Support for REDD+

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General7 December 2011: Speaking at a side-event held during the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for support to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries).

Ban underscored that public-private partnerships are essential for implementing REDD+, including by bolstering local communities and smallholder farmers, respecting the rights of indigenous people, empowering women and reducing poverty. He urged countries to increase financing for REDD+.

Ban identified three areas for action: making the Cancun Agreements operational, including those on REDD+; increasing financing for the shift to low-carbon climate-resilient economies and coming to a decision on financing for REDD+ during the Durban Conference; and supporting a climate-friendly forest sector. [UN Secretary-General Statement] [UN Press Release]