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On 28 March 2014, Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) and Center for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas (CSDM) – two interim representatives of CSO and EM – co-hosted the meeting on electing civil society organizations (CSO) and ethnic minorities (EM) representatives for Programme Executive Board (PEB) of UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme.
The UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme was signed on 29th July 2013 at Decision No.1724/QD-BNN-HTQT and has been executed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) since 2013. According to the programme document, there is a representative of civil society organizations participating into PEB.
The purpose of the meeting is to agree upon criteria and elect for official representatives of CSO and EM to PEB. There were more than 40 participants coming from different CSO and EM agencies to join the workshop.
The representatives of UN-REDD Regional and UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme delievered a presentations on safeguards under Cancun Agreement as well as roles and necessity of participations of CSO and EM into the implementation of REDD+ in general and UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II in specific.
The representative from UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II briefly introduce the programme to all participants. Meanwhile, SRD and CSDM representatives equiped participants with information about the participations of CSO and EM into the implementation of REDD+ in Viet Nam. Group discussions at the workshop also identified the needs to have CSO and EM representatives to the PEB.
Participants were divided into two groups (CSO and EM groups) for discussing and agreeing upon criteria for selecting their representatives to PEB.
- CSO group discussed and selected Mrs. Vu Thi Bich Hop, SRD Director, as its representative to PEB and Mr Nguyen Viet Dung, representative of PanNature, as Mrs Hop’s Deputy.
- EM group discussed and selected Mrs. Luong Thi Truong (Thai minority), CSDM Director, as its representative to PEB.
Both groups also agreed upon that a detail action plan would be developed in order to strengthen the participations of CSO and EM into the implementation of UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme.