Global NDC Conference 2019: Inspiring Action and Enabling Change

March 15, 2019

12th to 14th June 2019 - Berlin, Germany

Please find more information on our conference website

The Global NDC Conference 2019 wants to inspire and enable policy makers and practitioners to accelerate the pace and scale of transformational change via NDC implementation in order to reach the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.

350 participants are expected to attend: senior advisors and decision makers from national and subnational government, think tanks, the private sector, financial institutions, NGOs, and multilateral and bilateral organisations, all of whom are involved in the implementation of NDCs. There will be support for developing country participants.

The conference aims to facilitate

  • sharing of good practices, actions and innovative approaches to advance implementation and updating of NDCs; 

  • unpacking of real challenges and co-creation of inclusive solutions on NDC governance, finance and transparency at the national, subnational and sectoral levels;

  • strengthening connections and support across stakeholder groups involved in NDC implementation and updates, including private sector actors; and

  • formulating recommendations, grounded in practice and technical expertise, to inform the political processes around  realization of the Paris Agreement Rulebook, NDC implementation and NDC updates globally.

Exchange and learning

As NDC implementation is advancing in many places and at different levels across the globe, the conference's participants will share their own cases of transformative and inclusive climate actions in the fields of integrated governance, finance mobilisation and transparency.

The conference aims to discuss examples from pioneers, champions and game changers at the national and subnational levels and from across many sectors - including energy, land use and transport - to explore opportunities for replication and scaling-up. Gender and social inclusion, leadership skills, as well as private sector engagement will be cross-cutting issues throughout the conference.

The conference will systematise learning through working groups that will translate outcomes from practical sessions into technical recommendations to inform national and international processes related to the Paris Agreement Rulebook, NDC implementation and NDC updates, such as the call for greater ambition by the UN Secretary General at the Climate Summit in September 2019.

Context and background 

The Global NDC Conference 2019 will provide practical support on how to finance, implement and update NDCs as well as enhance climate transparency systems inspired by country action, the efforts of the NDC Partnership and the outcomes of the Talanoa Dialogue. It is guided by the current global climate policy discussions taking place at the 10th Petersberg Climate Dialogue and the International Conference on Climate Action, among others. Grounded in the findings of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C, this conference will contribute to the necessary increase in global ambition for greenhouse gas reductions.

This conference is a joint effort by leading NDC, LEDS and transparency support initiatives. It is not just a one-off event but part of the journey towards NDC implementation and updates. It builds on the global conferences on INDC preparation 2014 in Berlin and 2015 in Brussels and the Global NDC Conference 2017 in Berlin. It also complements numerous related, technical events such as the NDC Regional Dialogues. The conference outputs, emerging messages and case studies will be integrated into the ongoing programmes of the partnering initiatives and contribute to the NDC Partnership as well as ICAT, LEDS GP and PATPA work to ensure the longevity of the conference and sustained collaborative action and learning.

Structure and content

At the conference, three main themes and several cross-cutting issues will steer the conversations, and each day will focus on one guiding question.

The three main themes of the conference are integrated governance, finance mobilisation and transparency. Gender and social inclusion, leadership skills, as well as private sector engagement are cross-cutting issues.

The guiding questions are:

  • Day 1: How does turning the Paris Agreement Rulebook into action support NDC implementation?
  • Day 2: What actions and innovations are driving NDC implementation and advancing development priorities?
  • Day 3: How do we increase the pace and scale of change to bring the NDCs in line with the Paris Agreement?

Each day starts in plenary, to provide a high-level overview on the respective guiding question. In breakout sessions, participants then dive deeper into practical exchanges around integrated governance, finance mobilisation and transparency in response to the overarching question. At the end of each day, participants reconvene in plenary to reflect on emerging insights and potential answers to the day´s guiding question.


The Conference is a joint effort by leading support initiatives. It is made possible with the support of many donors:

The NDC Partnership funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Irish Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development,

the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) funded by the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, BMU, the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, the Climate Works Foundation,

the LEDS GP funded by BMU, US Department of State, the EU, Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation and the Hewlett Foundation,

the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement funded by BMU,

The IKI NDC Support Cluster funded by BMU,

GIZ (SPA and NDC Assist projects) funded by BMU and BMZ,

the UNDP NDC Support Programme funded by BMU, BMZ, the European Union and the Government of Spain,

CDKN funded by BMU, MFA and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.



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