The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Governments of Germany and Spain, and the European Commission, launched the NDC Support Programme to support countries in making progress on their commitments under the Paris Agreement, the so-called Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs. As a contribution to the NDC Partnership, the NDC Support Programme will strengthen countries’ capacities in integrated governance, gender mainstreaming, climate actions, transparency systems, climate finance and private sector engagement.
The programme was officially launched during a high-level event at COP23 that took place on November 16 in the UNDP Pavilion. After an opening by Mr. Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, the event featured a dialogue on collaboration and commitment to making the Paris Agreement a reality among Isabel García Tejerina, Spanish Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth from Germany’s Ministry of Environment, Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.
“Aligned with development priorities, NDCs offer an opportunity to redesign our development approach that is smarter, more sustainable and inclusive. Through the new NDC Support Programme and our work with the NDC Partnership, we will help countries make these important linkages and create an integrated approach.” – Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator
Building on UNDP’s expertise in supporting countries on designing and planning climate actions, the NDC Support Programme will help countries pilot gender-responsive NDC development and implementation, climate governance and mainstreaming, mitigation and adaptation actions, transparency systems, climate finance and private sector engagement. The Programme will thereby build on the achievements of UNDP’s multi-donor Low Emission Capacity Building Programme, as well as the UNDP-Spanish Regional Program on Climate Change in Latin-America which have substantively contributed to climate change policy over the past years.
All together, the NDC Support Programme has to date mobilized more than EUR 42 Mio from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union, and the Government of Spain. Of this amount, the German government is providing 37.5 Million Euros to UNDP’s NDC Support Programme.
Set to run from 2017-2020, the NDC Support Programme will initially support around 25 countries but is looking to expand its support services with funding from additional donors. Countries will be building on their work under the predecessor, UNDP’s multi-donor Low Emission Capacity Building Programme, which has substantively contributed to climate change policy making for more than seven years.