Dr Charles McNeill , one of the founders of this initiative will be speaking to us on REVIVE on Sunday Sept 6, at 9 30 am. For 25 years, McNeill has been a leader in the United Nations' work on sound environmental management for sustainable development in the developing world. Previous to his current position with UN Environment, he m anaged UNDP's programs on forests, biodiversity & ecosystems, climate change mitigation & adaptation, sustainable energy, stakeholder engagement, the MDGs, SDGs and public-private partnerships.
Throughout his career, he has devoted special attention to engaging with and empowering Indigenous Peoples (IPs) & local communities.
He founded/led many global initiatives, including the:
• ‘The 'Interfaith Rainforest Initiative' (www.interfaithrainforest.org)
• ‘Indigenous Peoples Initiative for UNFCCC COP 21’ to ensure IPs made an unprecedented contribution to the Paris Agreement in Dec 2015
• Global coalition of gov’ts, businesses, NGOs & IPs that delivered the Forests Action Area of the UN 2014 Climate Summit, and COPs 21, 22, 23 & created the ‘New York Declaration on Forests’
• ‘Community-Based REDD+’ initiative to provide grants to empower IPs & communities to protect forests
• ‘UN-REDD Programme’ which supports nationally-led REDD+ efforts in 60 forest countries
• ‘Equator Initiative’, a global capacity building, knowledge and advocacy effort to foster successful local solutions for people, nature and resilient communities, featuring the ‘Equator Prize’
McNeill has raised over $500 million for the programs he created. In the 1990s, he developed GEF programs throughout Africa on biodiversity & climate change, and subsequently managed GEF programming and policy globally. Prior to joining UNDP, he worked in the NGO sector on hunger eradication and sustainable development in South Asia and Africa