Global NDC Conference 2017
The Global NDC Conference 2017 was held from 3-5 May in Berlin. It was jointly organised by GIZ’s Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA) and the UNDP’s Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECB), which are both funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), as well as the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP), which is financed by the US and the UK. The event took place in cooperation with the global NDC Partnership initiated by the BMUB and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
At the 3-day conference, more than 250 participants from 80 countries discussed issues related to integrated governance, financing and transparency in the context of NDC implementation. Around half of participants were government representatives from environmental, planning, financial and line ministries. The other half consisted of sub-national actors, research institutions, think tanks, and international and bilateral executing organisations. Key aims were enabling dialogue on practical experience and networking between government representatives.
On the eve of the event on 2 May, a reception was held for conference participants in the BMUB. The framework was set by speeches given by the Federal Minister, Barbara Hendricks, the Chair of the African Group of Negotiators, Ambassador Seyni Nafo, as well as the Argentine Undersecretary of Climate Change, Carlos Gentile, and the screening of a short film by Bill McKibbens with renowned American climate researchers. Hendricks kicked off the conference on 3 May with a presentation about the German Climate Action Plan 2050. She highlighted the importance of the NDCs: ‘The nationally determined contributions are at the heart of the Paris Agreement. It is crucial that the contributions are made more and more ambitious over time. To this end, we intend to exchange opinions and experiences, learn from one another, and, above all, support the countries of the South as we pledged in Paris. We will not leave our partners alone to face this major challenge.’
Read the speech of Minister Hendricks here.
The main issues discussed were the government-wide coordination in the implementation of climate-related activities and the overall involvement of relevant actors, for example, the private sector, civil society and sub-national levels. The integration of the climate and development agendas was extremely important especially for developing countries. As regards NDC financing, discussions revolved around the mobilisation of private sector investment, climate-friendly national budget planning with the involvement of the financial and sectoral ministries as well as the support of the developing countries by the international community. An important role was also played by the linking of the transparency framework under the Paris Agreement which was strongly advocated by Germany and the EU in the negotiations, with mechanisms designed to increase the ambition level and track implementation of the NDCs in the partner countries. Private sector engagement and more in-depth cooperation and support formats were also discussed.
Launch of the NDC Support Cluster
Following the conference on Saturday 6 May, the NDC Support Cluster of BMUB’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) was officially launched. Representatives from around 30 Cluster partner countries and the Cluster implementing partners participated in this meeting. Participants discussed how the Cluster should respond to the country challenges in the four thematic support areas of political and institutional frameworks, sector approaches, finance, and data and transparency. In this context, BMUB head of division Norbert Gorißen summarised the role of the NDC Support Cluster: ‘While NDC implementation is a domestic task, the NDC Support Cluster tries to provide countries on a global level with the knowledge, power and technical resources and a network to support their NDC implementation.’