The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is launching a new 30 M EUR Facility to assist with NDC implementation in 15 developing countries.
Bread for the World, in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and ACT Alliance, has published a discussion paper called Ambition, Participation, and Effectiveness: Utilizing the NDC Partnership as a Catalyst for NDC Implementation in Developing Countries. It explores how the NDC Partnership can help embed climate goals in the broader development agenda and mobilize social support and participation to help countries deliver on their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and related Sustainable Development Goal commitments. The paper includes 14 policy recommendations to guide the Partnership's work.
by Dr. (h.c.) Bill Hare, CEO & Co-Founder of Climate Analytics; Dr. Andrzej Ancygier, Deputy Head of Climate Policy Team; Laetitia De Marez, Head of Implementation Strategies; Paola Yanguas Parra, Climate Policy Analyst
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted under the Paris Agreement create a strong signal for investors and companies looking for profitable investments in climate-resilient infrastructure. Combined with massive cost reductions and rising demand for sustainable agriculture and green buildings, the time has never been better to invest in climate business.
Buildings currently account for a third of global energy use. That share will grow as populations urbanize and cities expand, and as increased incomes spur demand for services like air conditioning and computers.
The Paris Agreement’s goal of staying under 2C equals roughly 800 gigatonnes CO2 equivalent (GtCO2 e) and 16 years remaining in the world’s carbon budget at current emissions rates. Because Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) would only reduce the current 14 GtCO2 e/year emissions gap roughly 5 GtCO2 e/year, and land use accounts for 25 percent of global emissions, nations must consider nature-based solutions to increase climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.
This March in Skhirat, Morocco, the NDC Partnership Steering Committee held an engaging first meeting with a diversity of countries represented. The focus was on delivering on the mission of the Partnership itself: advancing efforts to connect countries with the financial and technical resources needed to turn their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) into action. During the Steering Committee meeting, input from multiple countries and international institutions highlighted early successes, emphasized commitments to increase coordination, and helped the NDC Partnership chart its course forward.
To date, 191 countries have submitted national climate commitments, or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), to the United Nations under the Paris Agreement on climate change. The challenge nations now face is turning their emissions reduction and climate adaptation goals into action and results, while also aligning climate efforts with national sustainable development priorities.
The past two years have seen a cavalcade of targets and plans aimed at putting human development on a more sustainable footing, but meeting human aspirations will mean conquering environmental challenges, above all climate change.
Transportation contributes 23 percent of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, and 18 percent of all man-made economy-wide emissions, making transport sector decarbonization critical to slowing climate change.