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New climate action partnership

A solar installation in Bangladesh, used to power irrigation pumps in agriculture

The Paris Climate Agreement of December 2015 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was adopted earlier the same year form milestones in international climate and sustainability policy. For the first time, almost all the members of the United Nations have undertaken to make their own contributions to climate change mitigation in order to limit global warming to at most 2°C and if possible just 1.5°C.

In these Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), participating countries specify their adaptation and emissions reduction targets for the period to 2030. These NDCs will be reviewed and updated every five years, starting in 2020. The NDCs are at the heart of the Paris Climate Agreement. It is therefore vital that they are implemented quickly. This means that they must be translated into concrete policies and integrated into regulations, national budgets and investment plans – a challenging task.

In 2016 the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Moroccan government and the World Resources Institute (WRI) set up a global NDC Partnership to assist developing countries in bringing their climate goals together with their national development goals and implementing them quickly and effectively.

Infographic: Global partnership to implement nationally determined contributions (NDCs)
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Infographic: Global partnership to implement nationally determined contributions (NDCs)

Consultancy and closer coordination

The Partnership is open to all; its members include industrialised, emerging and developing countries as well as the World Bank and various UN institutions. The Partnership is supported by a secretariat located at the WRI.

The aim of the Partnership is to support participating developing countries aligning their development objectives with climate action targets and implementing their NDCs with the aid of bilateral and multilateral development programmes. It provides support in three areas:

  1. Enhanced technical support for NDC implementation
  2. Better access to finance for NDC implementation
  3. Improved access to knowledge management in relation to existing analytical and advisory instruments.

Above all, the Partnership seeks to improve coordination between the various stakeholders in the climate and development sector by promoting dialogue at national and international level.

The German government is contributing the start-up funding for the Partnership’s secretariat. BMZ is providing further support for the NDC Partnership through bilateral projects and international organisations. In addition, BMZ takes account of the NDC Partnership in its climate financing and climate projects in partner countries.

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