Throughout history, times of crisis have yielded extraordinary innovation and social cooperation. Not only has this been essential for conquering many seemingly insurmountable challenges, but it has also shown one of the greatest strengths of human nature: we can best face and overcome crises through joint, creative action. Anthropogenic climate change constitutes one such historical crisis. The UN-REDD Programme, a joint undertaking of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Environment to fight deforestation and forest degradation, was developed to advance the UNFCCC and to foster innovative and collaborative approaches to address the existential challenge of climate change. Founded ten years ago with the sustained and substantial support of Denmark, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the EU, UN-REDD was the first joint global UN programme on climate change; it has been a pioneer of innovative policy and financing approaches to valuing and protecting forests and their social and ecosystem services.
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