Political and Institutional Frameworks

TWG Governance

Thematic lead: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Political and institutional frameworks are important for successful NDC implementation because they form the organizational structures, processes, and rules that allow governments to effectively address climate change.  In the context of NDC implementation, and depending on country context, this may involve:

  • Establishing an NDC coordination body and strengthening institutional arrangements;

  • Distributing roles and responsibilities and improving coordination among relevant ministries and other stakeholders;

  • Assessing and building institutional and human capacities;

  • Establishing laws or mandates that support NDC implementation, building on existing legal frameworks and planning processes;

  • Developing mechanisms for public participation and stakeholder engagement; and

  • Other considerations specific to country circumstances.


Objectives of the thematic working group

  • Strengthening capacity in partner governments

  • Building climate expertise in sector/line ministries

  • Reinforcing government ownership and buy-in

  • Fostering engagement by stakeholders (especially private sector and civil society)

  • Ensuring linkages of NDCs with long-term strategies (LEDS)

  • Supporting the revision and increased ambition of INDCs


Insights into the work

General description

This thematic working group focuses its work on political and institutional frameworks in the context of NDCs.  This is done in the context of supporting countries to establish institutional arrangements for NDC implementation and transparency.  Organizations involved in thematic working group include UNDP, NewClimate Institute, the GIZ SPA Programme, World Resources Institute, the LEDS Global Partnership, CCAP, and Climate Analytics.  The group is currently discussing opportunities for collaborating on specific knowledge products and events to address challenges countries are facing related to the thematic area.


Current activities

UNDP held its inaugural meeting of the Political and Institutional Framework Working Group in February 2017. The purpose of this inception call was to develop modes of collaboration, discuss 2017 priorities, and share any forthcoming knowledge products that may be of interest or have potential for collaboration. During this call it was determined that the group would meet via teleconference every two months and take advantage of UNFCCC meetings (SBI and COP) for in-person meetings.  

During the NDC Support Cluster meeting on the margins of the NDC Global Conference, UNDP met with a group of countries to discuss the working group’s objectives and, more importantly, to collect feedback on country needs. Another call is scheduled for July to discuss next steps and how to respond to these thematic needs.

Finally, UNDP has begun very informal exploration about hosting a Political and Institutional Frameworks in-depth thematic retreat in early 2018. This idea was borne of discussions with GIZ SPA colleagues and previous experiences on the utility of longer-framed, in-depth thematic meetings such as the Annual Partnership Retreat. If done, this retreat would pull from expertise across all Cluster Projects and feed results back to the greater Cluster.


Contact: Michael Comstock (UNDP)