From 6 to 17 November, delegations from 195 countries gathered in Bonn for the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP) to drive forward the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The NDC Support Cluster and its implementing partners hosted a variety of successful events during the conference. The five Cluster events showcased progress made in NDC implementation in partner countries of the Cluster and provided a space to exchange experiences.
The side event 'Global NDC peer exchange – the collaboration space on NDC implementation and enhanced transparency' built on the key lessons related to integrated governance, finance, transparency and engaging the private sector that emerged from the Global NDC Conference 2017 in Berlin. The event was hosted by the NDC Cluster on behalf of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) at the German Pavilion, and was organised jointly by GIZ, UNDP and the LEDS-GP.
BMUB state secretary Rita Schwarzeluehr-Sutter opened the event by highlighting the importance of alliances between peers and strong partnerships when aiming to realise the 1.5C goal of the Paris Agreement. This was repeatedly endorsed throughout the following discussion. Country representatives from Ethiopia, the Philippines, Morocco, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon and Viet Nam shared first successes and lessons learned in NDC implementation, both as panellists and as members of the audience. For example, the State Secretary of the Philippines reported that his country had established a very inclusive climate change commission advisory board that works on mitigation and adaptation in an integrated way, and has also started tagging climate change-related budget items in the national budget. Speakers also emphasized the importance of transparency systems for advancing NDC implementation, including for private investments as one private sector representative underlined, adding that governments should demand transparency from the private sector, too. The agenda for this event can be downloaded below.
The official side event 'Scaling-up private investments and strengthening sector measures for NDC implementation' was jointly organised by the Government of Kenya, the LEDS Global Partnership, the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (ECN), NewClimate Institute, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and GIZ. The side event featured an interactive panel discussion where country representatives demonstrated how governments have been working with the private sector to strengthen policies, regulations, financial instruments and private sector commitments to accelerate investment in low-carbon technologies. Additionally, the event highlighted the landscape of sectoral actions and international programme partnerships that support NDC commitments, a series of successful on-the-ground efforts, and some of the challenges ahead.
Three further events were facilitated by the Cluster’s thematic workings groups. They addressed the following topics:
- Implementing Article 2(C) of the Paris Agreement – Lessons from the IKI Finance Cluster
- Enhancing transparency systems in the context of NDCs
- Managing the NDC Process: Lessons from countries' institutional approaches
The implementing partners of the NDC Cluster took advantage of everyone gathering at COP23 in Bonn to hold the 5th strategy meeting of the IKI NDC Cluster, in order to discuss the progress and achievements made so far, the difficulties faced by the partner countries, and the way ahead. As highlighted by BMUB, the NDC Cluster projects have progressed impressively since the Cluster's creation two years ago and proved its value to partners. In the near future, the implementing partners of the NDC Cluster will continue to address the challenge of orienting its work to the needs of the partner countries by deepening its thematic work and intensifying its global cooperation.
Alongside to the NDC Cluster, the NDC Partnership also hosted a variety of different events. On 12 November ,the Partnership held a forum meeting, where members could learn about and discuss the NDC Partnership's country engagement strategy, the activities being developed by institutional members in support of NDCs, and the three NDC Partnership navigators. The NDC Partnership high-level event Champions for Climate Action served as an opportunity to celebrate a year of climate progress and prepare for ambitious action ahead. The event further spotlighted success stories from countries in different regions of the world. You can watch the video below.