UN REDDThe UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative programme developed by FAO, UNDP and UNEP to work with developing countries on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD). The Programme was launched in 2008 as a mitigation response for developing countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and Caribbean regions. UN REDD’s objective is to offer developing countries a financial incentive, equal to the value of their forest carbon stocks, to reduce emissions from forested lands. It initiates and supports the implementation of nationally-led REDD activities, which target the conservation and sustainable management of forests. The initiative was formed in response to the decision adopted by the UNFCCC at the thirteenth meeting of its Conference of the Parties (COP13) in December 2007, which included the assessment that deforestation and forest degradation accounts for 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Suriname are among the 50 countries implementing REDD+ activities. The REDD Plus activities in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have enabled the two countries to work with experts from the three implementing agencies, with added support from other development partners, to develop resilient strategies to address unsustainable use of their natural forests. Strong ownership of national forest monitoring programmes by all stakeholders, including rural communities, has been an important feature of these activities. Small island developing States have recognized the effective role of REDD activities to bridge the mitigation gap in their inter-regional meeting in Barbados 2013, and have requested additional support. The Partnership Platform for announcing new and registering existing partnerships for the SIDS Conference in Samoa is open for all Stakeholders.