NDC Partnership

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Global partnership for climate change mitigation and adaptation

The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are at the heart of the Paris climate agreement. In these NDCs, both industrialised and developing countries specify their emissions reduction and adaptation targets for the period up to 2030. The NDCs will be reviewed and updated every five years, starting in 2020.

However, the measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions envisaged in the existing NDCs are not sufficient to limit the global temperature rise to well below 2°C, and if possible, to 1.5°C, as laid down in the Paris climate agreement. It is vital, therefore, that the NDCs not only be implemented swiftly but also be gradually made even more ambitious.

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Five Highlights from the NDC Partnership at COP24

09.01.2019 – The NDC Partnership, as the largest global coalition dedicated to implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, leveraged this year's COP24 to convene members to share important lessons that inspire and encourage greater collaboration and coordination toward global climate goals. Here are just five highlights from the NDC Partnership's engagement at COP24.

At the climate conference COP24 in Katowice, Germany and Morocco hand over the co-chairmanship of the NDC Partnership to the Netherlands and Costa Rica.

Germany helps developing countries and emerging economies implement climate targets

12.12.2018 – The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Environment Ministry announced at the Climate Change Conference in Katowice that Germany will be supporting the global partnership for implementing NDCs with a further 68 million euros. 48 million euros will come from the budget of the BMZ and 20 million from the budget of the Federal Environment Ministry.

Climate Summit COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, November 2016

Supporting NDC implementation

Climate change mitigation and adaptation are closely connected to practical issues like energy or water supply. To facilitate NDC implementation, the climate goals need to be "translated” into concrete policy approaches, sets of rules and regulations, public budgets and investment plans, including at the sectoral and subnational levels.

It is crucial that, rather than being planned in isolation, measures are designed in such a way that all investments are climate-sensitive and contribute towards climate-friendly transformation. Furthermore, additional investments in climate measures will promote sustainable development overall and thus improve people’s living conditions.

To promote NDC implementation in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals as defined in the 2030 Agenda, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Moroccan government and the World Resources Institute (WRI) initiated the global NDC Partnership. This Partnership was launched in Morocco at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference in late 2016.

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The NDC Partnership

The NDC Partnership at a glance

The Partnership brings together industrialised, emerging and developing countries and regional organisations, UN institutions, multilateral development banks and non-governmental organisations.

By January 2019, the number of members had already grown to over 100, including 87 countries, 20 international organisations and nine associate members.

The Partnership is assisted in its work by a secretariat ("Support Unit"), which is headquartered at both the WRI in Washington D.C. and the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn.


The aim of the Partnership is to help member countries align their development objectives with climate action targets and work towards them in a coordinated manner by way of bilateral and multilateral donor programmes.

The Partnership therefore focuses on three fields of activity:

  1. improving access to technical support for NDC implementation
  2. facilitating access to financing for NDC implementation
  3. enhancing knowledge management through the dissemination of analytical and advisory instruments.

Above all, the NDC Partnership seeks to improve coordination and collaboration between the various stakeholders in the climate and development field. To that end, it supports an exchange of ideas and experiences within countries and at the international level. In this way, successful approaches can be shared and disseminated quickly, and partners can avoid repeating others’ mistakes.

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German activities

The BMZ finances additional targeted advisory services provided under the NDC Partnership through global and bilateral projects and programmes implemented by GIZ, and via international organisations like the World Bank Group, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). These measures primarily support practical NDC implementation in member countries. Up to now, the BMZ has provided 104 million euros in funding for these programmes.

For instance, UNDP is assisting consultation processes regarding NDC implementation in partner countries, thereby promoting private sector involvement. With the support of the BMZ, the World Bank is preparing investment projects for the implementation of NDCs and, in particular, is mobilising the ministries of finance in the partner countries for such projects. The WRI is supporting both country activities and global knowledge sharing.

Moreover, in the context of all its climate and climate-relevant development financing, the BMZ focuses on NDC implementation. In this regard, coordination at country level within the NDC Partnership plays a pivotal role. In 2018 the BMZ, under the German Climate Technology Initiative alone, is making available more than 400 million euros to projects relating to NDC Partnership activities.  

In addition, the German government (BMZ and BMU), together with other donors, is providing the basic financing for the Partnership’s secretariat.

In this way, the BMZ promotes swift and effective NDC implementation in its partner countries and also helps to make NDC targets more ambitious, strengthens collaboration between national and international climate and development players and supports transformational change towards climate-proof and climate-resilient development.

German Development Minister Gerd Müller at the official founding of the NDC Partnership in November 2016 together with Hakima El Haite, Moroccan Environment Minister and COP22 President, and then German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks

How NDC support works in member countries

When a country joins the NDC Partnership, it may apply to the secretariat for support in implementing its NDC. As a next step, the member country then identifies its specific needs for support in collaboration with donors, development banks and implementing agencies on the ground. Non-governmental partners such as NGOs, the academic community or the private sector are also involved.

Based on a detailed action plan ("Partnership Plan"), the development partners then adapt their ongoing programmes and plan additional measures aimed at promoting NDC implementation. These may include technical advice and process support or capacity building, but also infrastructure measures.

This process under the NDC Partnership also entails a continuous exchange of knowledge and experience to encourage peer learning and knowledge sharing with other partners.

By the end of 2018, country activities of the NDC Partnership had begun for around 40 member countries and three regional initiatives; other countries have made requests for support.

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Examples of NDC support in practice

In Honduras, through development cooperation, Germany is supporting the government, including with a view to improving coordination between the sector ministries and key players.

Kenya is drafting a new climate plan for 2018 to 2022 (National Climate Change Action Plan 2018–2022, NCCAP) to achieve low-carbon development. Germany is helping the East African country develop this legally binding framework for climate policy and NDC implementation.

In the Pacific, German development cooperation is supporting the creation of a regional centre under the umbrella of the NDC Partnership designed to bring together the Pacific island states, donors and partners to promote NDC implementation and financing and gradually make the goals more ambitious. The Pacific NDC hub is funded jointly by Germany, the UK and Australia.


Video message from the NDC Partnership

Video message from NDC Partnership Co-Chair Parliamentary State Secretary Maria Flachsbarth on why the NDC Partnership is vital to address climate change

NDC Partnership in action: Uganda

In June 2018, Uganda launched the first NDC Partnership Plan for climate action, outlining priorities for implementation of the Paris Agreement to increase coordination and collaboration with national and international partners.

NDC Partnership in action: Fiji

Fiji is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change. The NDC Partnership is supporting Fiji in enhancing its NDC, designing roadmaps for NDC implementation, and supporting efforts to finance NDC investments.

NDC Partnership Knowledge Portal

The NDC Partnership's Knowledge Portal helps countries to accelerate climate action by providing quick and easy access to data, tools, guidance, good practice, and funding opportunities.

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