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Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, 17 November 2011 - Secretary-General's remarks at opening ceremony for the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID)

I am honoured to be here in Kalimantan to open this United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia, UNORCID.

In January this year, President [Susilo Bambang] Yudhoyono announced that Central Kalimantan would be Indonesia's REDD+ Pilot Province.

The reason for this choice was clear: Kalimantan has vast reserves of primary forest and peatland and it has the leadership to make REDD+ work.

Maintaining and sustainably using these precious ecosystems is a triple win: for the people of Kalimantan, for Indonesia's sustainable development, and for helping to mitigate climate change.

President Yudhoyono has long recognized this.

I thank President Yudhoyono for his leadership on climate change and for helping to establish REDD+ in Indonesia. And I thank [Central Kalimantan] Governor [Teras] Nerang for his trong sup and his very gen suppr and donation of this very beautiful UN ORCID office. Thank you very much.

I also express my gratitude to the Government of Norway for its generous support.

Making REDD+ a success here in Kalimantan, and elsewhere in Indonesia, will require the commitment and cooperation of all stakeholders.

At the local level, this includes improving forest governance and fostering transparency.

A crucial factor will be obtaining the free, prior and informed consent of communities, especially indigenous people.

At the national and regional level, partnerships and initiatives will need to complement each other and be scaled up, including by key ministries, the private sector and non-governmental stakeholders.

And internationally, donor support will be essential.

The United Nations will do its part to help this groundbreaking partnership realize its potential.

If we work together, REDD+ can advance sustainable development conserve forests and biodiversity strengthen food security and establish useful models for other such efforts around the world.

In that hopeful spirit, I am pleased to declare the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia officially open.

Thank you very much.

Statements on 17 November 2011