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The negotiations are not over. Heads of State have 48 hours to close perhaps the most important deal in history. It looks difficult.

For myself, I return to Rome tomorrow morning. So this marks the end of the FAO at COP15 blog. I hope that it has been useful.

All the best and wishing for a good outcome on Friday.

Peter Holmgren, FAO

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Just out:


Australia, France, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States have today collectively agreed in the context of an ambitious and comprehensive outcome in Copenhagen to dedicate USD3.5bn as initial public finance towards slowing, halting and eventually reversing deforestation in developing countries.

A joint statement follows:

“Actions to reduce emissions from forests can help to stabilize our climate, support livelihoods, provide biodiversity conservation, and promote economic development. As part of an ambitious and comprehensive deal, we recognise the significant role of international public finance in supporting developing countries’ efforts to slow, halt and eventually reverse deforestation. With this in mind, we collectively dedicate USD3.5 billion of fast-start climate
change financing for ‘REDD+’ over the 2010 to 2012 period. We regard this as an initial investment in developing countries that put forward ambitious REDD+ plans and that achieve forest emission reductions according to their respective capabilities. We collectively commit to scaling up our finance thereafter in line with opportunities and the delivery of results. We invite other donors to join us in this effort to make early action on REDD+ a reality.”

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown said:

“Deforestation accounts for almost a fifth of global emissions, and the forests of the rainforest nations provide a global service in soaking up the pollution of the world.

“Unless action is taken, these forests could be lost forever, impacting not only the global climate but on the livelihoods of 90% of the 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty who rely on forest resources for their survival.

“An agreement to slow, halt and eventually reverse deforestation has to be central to the outcome here in Copenhagen. Around $25 billion over the period of 2010-15 is needed to cut deforestation rates in developing countries by 25% by 2015. Developed countries should provide the majority of this, supporting rainforest countries’ own efforts.

“This collective fast start effort is a very significant building block towards that. The UK’s contribution to this initial effort is $480million, part of the overall UK fast start package I announced last week.

“I will be putting every possible effort into strengthening the collective effort and working with all nations to reach the most ambitious climate deal.”

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FAO and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) held a joint side event this afternoon highlighting the role of young women in fighting climate change. The meeting follows the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations focusing on climate change, food security and biodiversity.

“FAO is convinced that youth are part of the solution to climate change. For this reason, it has forged a close partnership with WAGGGS to empower girls around the world to raise awareness and undertake concrete action on climate change,” said Wendy Mann, Senior Advisor, FAO a speaker at the event.

WAGGGS and FAO are collaborating through the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA), Our World, Our Food, Our Climate publication, 2010 international year of biodiversity initiative, and the development of numerous educational resources and activities such as the Food Security and Climate Change Challenge Badge. The Badge was recently launched to WAGGGS’ ten million members to help them learn about issues of environmental protection and food security and inspire them to be an active part of solving the problems.

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Speaking at the Side event Beyond Copenhagen: Agriculture and forestry are part of the solution. Alexander Mueller, Assistant Director General of FAO highlighted how agriculture and forestry are part of the solution. View part of his intervention below.

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Speaking at the Side event Beyond Copenhagen: Agriculture and forestry are part of the solution. Alexander Mueller, Assistant Director General of FAO highlighted how agriculture and forestry are part of the solution. View part of his intervention below.

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Avoided Deforestation Partners organize an event with many prominent speakers and an audience of about 500 just now.

Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP, discussed the significance of the UN-REDD Programme for REDD implementation. She highlighted the ability of the UN, working as one, and the need to see REDD implementation through a development lens.

Together with Robert Zoelleck, President of the World Bank, they expressed the need for concerted action to achieve REDD.

Generally, the event is focussing on deforestation of tropical rainforests, which of course is a key piece, but not all of REDD+. We must keep the scope broad and consistent with the REDD+ decision that we expect. That is, include all tropical forests and also forest degradation issues, and enhancement of forest Carbon stock.

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See any deal?

Negotiations are blocked. We may be close to a general failure, unless Heads of States collectively decide to save the deal.

While REDD text has advanced, there are major issues on overall procedural aspects. Last night negotiations went on until 6 in the morning.

REDD may become the only major outcome from Copenhagen.

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