About NDC Partnership

In 2015, the world endorsed the bold 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the landmark Paris Agreement to address climate change. Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are at the heart of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of its long-term goals. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The Paris Agreement (Article 4, paragraph 2) requires each Party to prepare, communicate, and maintain successive NDCs that it intends to achieve.

As each country implements and advances its NDCs under the Paris accord, new approaches and promising practices must be identified to realize significant and lasting climate action.

NDC Partnership: Working Together to Achieve Ambitious Climate Action While Enhancing Sustainable Development

Launched at COP22 in Marrakesh, the NDC Partnership aims to enhance cooperation so that countries have access to the technical knowledge and financial support they need to achieve large-scale climate and sustainable development targets as quickly and effectively as possible. The NDC Partnership builds in-country capacity and increases knowledge sharing so that climate policies have meaningful and enduring impacts, and drive increasing global ambition over time.

What We Do

Made up of developing and developed countries and international institutions, the Partnership:

  • Facilitates Technical Assistance and Knowledge Sharing: The Partnership supports countries in defining processes, policies, and plans to advance NDC implementation, while facilitating access to targeted technical assistance and fostering greater collaboration across sectors.
  • Creates and Disseminates Insightful Knowledge Products that Fill Information Gaps: The Partnership raises awareness of and enhances access to climate support initiatives, best practices, analytical tools, and resources. Information to address specific implementation needs is made available through online portals, as well as communities and networks that generate opportunities for knowledge sharing.
  • Promotes Enhanced Financial Support for NDC Implementation: The Partnership works with governments to better understand and address constraints so that they may access bilateral and international support programs. The Partnership aims to align development finance initiatives more strongly and coherently with NDC implementation.

How We Do It

Because NDCs are a country-driven process, the NDC Partnership also relies on a country-driven model. 

In-Country Engagement

The NDC Partnership engages directly with ministries and other stakeholders to assess needs and identify opportunities for collaboration across sectors, regions, and international partners. Leveraging the skills and resources of multiple partners towards a common objective, set by the government, is a unique value proposition that the Partnership brings to its in-country work. 

Through the Partnership, members provide targeted and coordinated technical assistance so that nations can effectively develop and implement robust climate and development plans. The Partnership aims to scale ambitions and impacts of climate actions by delivering support through unified processes and systems on the ground.

Assistance may range from supporting policy and strategy formulation and implementation of NDCs, to mobilizing resources and designing monitoring and evaluation frameworks. 

Increasing Knowledge Sharing

The NDC Partnership develops global knowledge products to help nations achieve their climate goals by supporting access to information resources, filling gaps in existing research, and building a community of learning around the experiences of countries implementing their NDCs.

Two online Navigators provide searchable databases of financial and technical assistance programs and tools and resources such as guidance documents and experience profiles. A third, Climate Watch, launched in November 2017 to offer a comprehensive source for climate and NDC data.

Additional activities include research partnerships, case studies of successful cooperation, expert perspectives, and more.


The NDC Partnership is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of developed and developing nations and international institutions, and facilitated by a Support Unit hosted by World Resources Institute in Washington, DC and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. The NDC Partnership is co-chaired by the governments of Germany and Morocco.


Download a PDF brochure about the NDC Partnership at this link.