UNDP and the Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea of the Republic of Italy partner to support REDD+ implementation in critical countries

Jul 17, 2017

Magdy Martínez-Solimán, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and Director General Francesco La Camera, of the Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea of the Republic of Italy signed a Third Party Cost-Sharing Agreement to undertake a range of climate change and REDD+ forest related joint and coordinated activities. (Photo: UNDP/Rajesh Shrestha)

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the  Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea of the Republic of Italy signed a Third Party Cost-Sharing Agreement today, to undertake a range of climate change and REDD+ forest-related joint and coordinated activities at the global, regional and national level (e.g. Ecuador, Ghana and Myanmar). Programmes run by UNDP and existing support provided to countries by the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea of the Republic of Italy share a number of geographic areas such as South-America, West-Africa and Asia-Pacific.

The activities undertaken under this partnership will provide support to REDD+, a voluntary process for developing countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to reduce emissions from deforestation, forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. REDD+ was specifically endorsed in the Paris Agreement (article 5). Hence REDD+ policies and finance are indispensable to mitigate climate change and set nations and communities in the path for sustainable development. REDD+ represents an innovative approach for sustainable development, offering a gateway for climate finance – a new source of finance for development, under a results-based philosophy.

"The Paris Agreement was a major win for forests, with their role in mitigating climate change clearly acknowledged by world leaders. Over fifty countries also included action on forests and land-use in their Nationally Determined Contributions. And in line with the commitments outlined in the New York Declaration on Forests, the number of companies pledging to produce and source key commodities sustainably continues to grow rapidly," said Magdy Martínez-Solimán, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, Signing the Cost-Sharing Agreement on behalf of UNDP.

"As one of the most cost-effective climate solutions available today, forests are an essential element of this equation," he further added.

UNDP and the Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea of the Republic of Italy share similar missions and see great benefit in partnership between the two organizations. The partnership will enable the organizations to work together in areas of climate change, forestry and forest-related sectors such as agriculture and energy, with the goal of enhancing, strengthening and accelerating sustainable forest management, REDD+ implementation and REDD+ results, particularly in the context of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Director General Francesco La Camera, signing on behalf of the Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea of the Republic of Italy said, "The signing of the Third Party Cost-Sharing Agreement between Italy and UNDP confirms the long standing support of Italy to the global common effort in tackling climate change, also through REDD+. We strongly hope that the support provided to Ecuador, Ghana and Myanmar will contribute to facilitate the funding of their initiatives by GCF."

In providing this type of support, Italy and UNDP seek to catalyze transformational REDD+ implementation on the ground.

Contact information

Sangita Khadka, Communications Specialist, UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, email: sangita.khadka@undp.org; Tel: + 1 212 906 5043

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