Resources & FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

What is the CAEP?


The Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) is a new initiative developed by the NDC Partnership. It is designed to deliver targeted, fast-track support to achieve two overarching objectives:

  1. Enhance countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs), including by raising ambition, as part of the Paris Agreement’s NDC update process; and
  2. Fast-track implementation of NDCs, including by providing in-country technical expertise and capacity building.

The CAEP will deliver support to countries through existing support programs from institutional and associate members and through a dedicated Technical Assistance Fund (TAF) that will deploy financing when existing support is not enough to meet countries’ needs. All institutional and associate members of the NDC Partnership are encouraged to commit support to countries under the CAEP. Where needed, institutional and associate members are also eligible to access financing from the TAF to respond to country needs

Following the official CAEP announcement in Abu Dhabi on 30 June, the first deadline for countries to submit CAEP applications will be Thursday, 8 August 2019. A second call for applications will occur in October. Additional calls may take place if funds remain.

How does the CAEP further the goals of the NDC Partnership?


The NDC Partnership works with its more than 130 members, including developed and developing countries as well as major international institutions and non-state actors, to leverage their resources and expertise to provide countries with the tools they need to implement their NDCs and combat climate change.

As countries prepare new NDCs for presentation by the end of 2020, the NDC Partnership is encouraging them to not only enhance the quality and increase the ambition of their climate actions, but also to do so in a way that is implementable and realistic.

By creating a limited-time initiative available to countries as they update their NDCs for 2020, the NDC Partnership furthers its goals by allowing countries to act more ambitiously as they prepare and implement their NDCs. This leads to better strategies for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and building resiliency against the negative effects of a changing climate.

How does the CAEP relate to the UN Secretary General's 2019 Climate Summit?


The objectives of the UN Secretary General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit are to raise national ambition through concrete, realistic plans; prompt transformational changes needed to support the implementation of these plans; and generate political momentum through enhanced social and political drivers as well as youth and public engagement. (Information Note)

In an opinion piece published in The Guardian, Secretary General António Guterres wrote, “Thankfully, we have the Paris Agreement – a visionary, viable, forward-looking policy framework that sets out exactly what needs to be done to stop climate disruption and reverse its impact. But the agreement itself is meaningless without ambitious action.”

The CAEP is designed to support countries and provide them with a vehicle to deliver the increased ambition outlined in the Summit’s objectives and in advance of the 2020 NDC revision process.

Who is eligible to respond to country requests through CAEP?


All institutional and associate members of the NDC Partnership are invited to support countries through CAEP with their own resources or by applying for funding from the Technical Assistance Fund (TAF). Country members are also invited to respond through their development agency, which could be authorized to access TAF funding.

Which organizations have primary responsibility for implementing the CAEP?


Implementation of the CAEP will be country-driven. All developing member countries will be invited to apply if they meet the eligibility criteria. All eligible requests for funding will be circulated to Partnership members, who are encouraged to support countries through the CAEP either with their own resources or by applying for funding through the Technical Assistance Fund.

Who is responsible for managing the CAEP?


The Support Unit will manage the implementation of the CAEP, based on the received guidance from the NDC Partnership Steering Committee. The Support Unit will:

  • Organize the calls for requests for support
  • Screen requests submitted by countries to determine eligibility
  • Circulate eligible requests among Partnership members
  • Consolidate all responses received
  • Develop country-specific Terms of Reference with deliverables as well as roles and responsibilities, and secure approval with governments
  • Consolidate progress updates, share lessons learned and prepare reports

The Steering Committee will provide oversight of the launch of the CAEP, and will review implementation and progress, and take corrective actions when necessary.

With regards to the management of the Technical Assistance Fund (TAF) under CAEP, the World Resources Institute (WRI) will host the TAF and therefore manage contracting, while the Support Unit will be responsible for programmatic implementation. In that capacity, WRI will:

  • Receive and manage TAF funds from donors
  • Receive sub grant, sub contract, and consultant requests from the Support Unit
  • Conduct compliance reviews of Support Unit requests and subsequent issuance of grants, contracts, or consultant agreements
  • Issuance of related payments
  • Monitoring of partner financial performance
  • Audit coordination

Who funds the CAEP and its Technical Assistance Fund?


The CAEP will deliver support to countries through existing support programs from institutional and associate members and through a dedicated Technical Assistance Fund (TAF) that will deploy financing when existing support is not enough to meet countries’ needs.

The TAF is a pooled funding mechanism that will receive contributions from multiple development partners.

Members that can quickly deploy technical and financial support will have the first option to respond to country requests. Remaining gaps in support can then be covered by members of the Partnership with the required expertise but without available resources, by accessing the TAF.

How will country applications be screened?


The Support Unit will screen applications for support based on four criteria, which are the minimum criteria that requesting member countries are expected to adhere to:

  • Ambition Framing: The request must have a clear explanation of how the countries will use the support to update their NDCs to raise ambition, enhance, or implement them.
  • Whole of Government: The request must be a country-driven process, with high-level commitment and involvement of all relevant ministries, preferably including the Ministries of Finance and/or Planning alongside NDC Partnership Focal Points.
  • Whole of Society: The request must commit to engaging the whole of society in the process, with a brief explanation of how this will occur, including mainstreaming gender equality and involving relevant stakeholders from civil society, the private sector, sub-national governments, and academia.
  • Links with National Plans: The request must include an explanation of how direct linkages with the country’s national planning and budgeting processes will be established, as well as how the request will link with development strategies and sustainable development goals.

Applications that are considered to have potential for funding but require revisions will be returned and countries will have one week to resubmit.

All eligible applications will be shared with NDC Partnership members, so they can assess if support is available.

What will happen in circumstances where a country is not prepared to respond by the application deadline?


A second call for requests will take place in early October. Future application rounds may occur based on resource availability.

Can a country apply through both calls for requests?


Yes, provided all criteria are met, countries can apply for support through both calls for requests.

Why might a country apply to CAEP if they already have existing relationships with implementing partners?


CAEP allows countries to work with a range of implementing partners under a single umbrella, including those they are already engaged. Countries should only apply for support under CAEP if existing projects do not fulfill their needs around NDC enhancement.

Can countries indicate their preferred implementing partner in the application?


No, countries will be presented with a list of interested implementing partners. Only in cases where multiple implementing partners respond to the same request will countries be involved in the selection. Countries reserve the right to decline support from implementing partners.

What if a country submits an incomplete application?


Incomplete applications will not be considered for support. If the Support Unit has follow-up questions about specific content of the application, the country will be notified. Countries will have one week to provide the requested information.

Can implementing partners respond jointly to the specific needs of a country?



How will partner responses be screened and consolidated?


The NDC Partnership Support Unit will consolidate responses from implementing partners to determine what support is being offered in response to requests by each country, including with resources from the Technical Assistance Fund (TAF). Where more than one implementing partner expresses interest in providing support for a specific action, a coordination call will be held among interested implementing partners and the relevant governments to decide the division of labor. Where multiple TAF resource requests are being made, the responses will be prioritized according to the TAF eligibility criteria and a coordination call will be organized if necessary. To make their requests more competitive, implementing partners are encouraged to bundle multiple TAF requests into one.

Who will track implementation progress?


Countries and implementing partners will track progress, and the NDC Partnership Support Unit will consolidate and prepare reports on the CAEP’s overall progress.

What is the timline for CAEP support?


The objective of the CAEP is to enable countries to submit enhanced and more ambitious NDCs by 2020. While we cannot anticipate when all support will be expended, all requests will have to be incorporated by the time the 2020 NDCs are finalized.

How can interested stakeholders learn which countries have received support and which organizations have provided support through the CAEP?


Information about the countries and organizations participating will be posted to the CAEP website and will be included in public reports.

What are the key dates in the application process?


Sunday 30 June 2019: Announcement of the CAEP and first call for requests for support issued

Thursday 8 August 2019: Deadline for submission of requests for support

Friday 23 August 2019: Eligibility screening completed and eligible country requests circulated to implementing partners

Friday 6 September 2019: Responses from implementing partners must be submitted to be consolidated by the NDC Partnership Support Unit Monday

16 September 2019: Terms of Reference prepared, screening of implementing partners based on eligibility criteria completed, government approval secured, and results communicated to countries and implementing partners

Monday 23 September 2019: UN Climate Action Summit; official launch of the CAEP

October 2019: Second call for requests for support

November 2019: Delivery of support

December 2019: Progress tracking begins

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