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Role of forests in lowering global emissions to be discussed at UN High-Level Event
22/ 09/ 2009

Role of forests in lowering global emissions to be discussed at UN High-Level EventNew York, 22 September - Deforestation and the degradation of forests are responsible for just under one-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than all the world's cars, trucks, ships and planes combined. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) is a proposed mechanism to give a financial value to standing forests by mobilizing capital to compensate developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and therefore help prevent dangerous climate change.

WHAT: REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation): The United Nations Secretary-General's High Level Event, held on the occasion of the 64th United Nations General Assembly

WHEN: 23 September 2009, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, and broadcast live on

WHO: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; World Bank President Robert Zoellick; Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd; Denmark Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen; Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo; Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg; Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare; Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou-Nguesso; Sweden Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt; United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown; United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

A closing press conference is scheduled for 6:00pm in Room S-226 at United Nations Headquarters. Attendance at the press conference will require UN media accreditation. The press conference will be webcast live at, and live at +1-917 367 9737.

Opportunities for one-on-one interviews with experts and policy makers on REDD will be available in the days prior to and immediately following the event.

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Further Resources
UN-REDD Programme
UNEP: Billion Tree Campaign