NDC Partnership Thematic Call on LT-LEDS and NDC Alignment, Update, and Enhancement

This NDC Partnership Thematic Call builds on the Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) to support developing member countries in two key, interconnected fronts: preparing, updating and refining Long-term Low Emissions Development Strategies (LT-LEDS) and enhancing the quality and increasing the ambition of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The aim is to advance LT-LEDS and NDCs, while fostering alignment between the two instruments and developing capacities for their sustained implementation. 

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BACKGROUND 

Despite global progress, there is a critical need for increased ambition as current NDC pledges alone are insufficient to meet the 1.5°C target established in the Paris Agreement. Raising global climate ambition requires aligning LT- LEDS with NDCs.  

To avoid a high-climate risk future with catastrophic consequences, we need to make immediate, transformational shifts in policy and investment. The Glasgow Climate Pact agreed on at COP26 presents an opportunity for countries to identify and prioritize systemic changes through robust LT-LEDS that connect to NDC processes and, more broadly, that guide national development toward long-term resilience and just transitions to net-zero emissions by or around mid-century. Launching these transitions requires countries understand and weigh policy implications and related reforms, identify finance needs, and develop enabling frameworks to mobilize investment.   

 

WHAT THE THEMATIC CALL DELIVERS 

The main goal of the Thematic Call is to facilitate, leverage, and coordinate support for the transition towards climate-compatible development. Efforts will focus on developing and refining LT-LEDS, and on aligning short- and medium-term planning with their proposed development pathways to unlock NDC ambition.   

 

Two Interconnected and Complementary Tracks 

To foster higher climate ambition now and for future update and enhancement cycles, this Thematic Call will focus on two interconnected and complementary tracks, focused on promoting synergies between NDCs and LT-LEDS processes, decisions, and institutional arrangements, and on making their interlinkages visible and operational:  

  • LT-LEDS Track: Development and update of Long-term Low Emission Development Strategies referred to in Article 4, paragraph 19, of the Paris Agreement: crafting the vision and strategies for long-term low emission and climate resilient development, understanding its benefits, challenges, and trade-offs; and putting in place actionable policies and plans to kick-start this development transition in a fair and sustainable manner. 

  • NDC Enhancement Track: Enhancing and raising the ambition of updates to the NDCs, alignment with LT-LEDS and with the 1.5°C temperature target by providing countries with technical, financial, and capacity-development support. 

Figure 1 shows the two interconnected tracks on LT-LEDS and NDC Enhancement and the three cross-cutting streams, which will be covered next. 

Figure 1. Tracks and cross-cutting support streams. 

 

Three Cross-Cutting Support Streams  

Stream 1 - Preparatory Support 

Preparatory support focuses on understanding the full LT-LEDS and NDC update and enhancement processes in full scope from the outset and planning coordinated interventions that complement ongoing support. Through this stream, countries can request support for strategically planning their LT-LEDS development in alignment with their NDC update and enhancement processes.   

This support will also prepare countries to submit comprehensive and well-coordinated requests at a later stage of the Thematic Call. Unless they lay out a plan for LT-LEDS development or an NDC update roadmap, all countries without a LT-LEDS will be required to access Preparatory Support as a condition for request submission under funding streams 2 and 3 of the Thematic Call. Preparatory support will be provided in collaboration with 2050 Pathways Platform and the UNFCCC Secretariat. 

 

Stream 2 – Development, Update and Ambition Enhancement

Under this stream, the focus will be on building long-term, low emissions strategies, drawing from existing updated NDCs and other development objectives and policies. This stream focuses on countries that have developed an LT-LEDS and wish to refine it, either in terms of content, or through a more inclusive process that links to the NDC to ensure more robust and ambitious outcomes. 

Likewise, drawing on lessons learned from CAEP, Stream 2 will provide countries with resources and expertise needed to fill critical gaps for updating NDC targets and, ultimately, raise their NDC ambition.  

 

Stream 3 – Promoting Long-Term Transformation and Action 

This stream will be limited to those policies that directly contribute to an LT-LEDS and are beyond current NDCs ambition. Countries without an LT LEDS, however, may request support under Stream 1 and 2, and place a request for Support under Stream 3 once an LT-LEDS is in place. 

 

 

HOW TO REQUEST SUPPORT THROUGH THE THEMATIC CALL    

Countries are invited to complete an online Pre-Screening Form (one form per country, even if there are multiple engaged institutions). The Support Unit may reach back to the primary contact registered in the form for clarification purposes shortly after submission.  Shortly after submission of a pre-screening form, countries are invited to move to full request for support development. 

Upon submission of a pre-screening form, countries are invited to move to full request for support development. Request for Support Forms will be accepted on a rolling basis, compiled, and shared periodically with NDC Partnership development and implementing partners as a package.   

Partners are invited to indicate their interest in supporting countries through the Thematic Call with their own resources or via complementary funding from the Partnership Action Fund (PAF). Partners indicating interest in accessing PAF funds will be invited to prepare proposals for unsupported requests only. Proposals will be selected based on an objective evaluation process.   

Regardless of the funding source, support will be coordinated and delivered through a Joint Workplan, a dynamic document that will detail how support maps to country requests, support providers, expected deliverables, timelines, and budgets.  

 

Timeline for the First Thematic Call Cycle    

  • COP 27: Rollout of the Thematic Call, 8 Nov 2022  

  • First cycle of information sessions for countries and partners (virtual), From 21 Nov through mid-Dec 2022  

  • Circulation* of Requests for Support to Partners, Mid-Dec 2022   

  • Partner responses submitted and consolidated, end-Jan 2023  

  • Responses with own resources are communicated to countries and coordination to develop Joint Workplan begins, Jan-Feb 2023  

  • Call for partners to prepare proposals for unsupported activities with PAF funding issued, Feb 2023  

  • Award decisions and grant preparation, Apr – May 2023 

 

COP 27: Rollout of the Thematic Call 

8 Nov 2022 

First cycle of information sessions for countries and partners (virtual) 

From 21 Nov through mid-Dec 2022 

Circulation* of Requests for Support to Partners 

Mid-Dec 2022  

Partner responses submitted and consolidated 

end-Jan 2023 

Responses with own resources are communicated to countries and coordination to develop Joint Workplan begins 

Jan-Feb 2023 

Call for partners to prepare proposals for unsupported activities with PAF funding issued 

Feb 2023 

Award decisions and grant preparation 

Apr – May 2023 

* Depending on requests received.  

Similar cycles will follow every 12 to 16 weeks. Requests for Support surfaced through the Thematic Call will be received on a rolling basis and shared for partners response every six weeks approximately.  

 

NDC Partnership Thematic Call on NDC and LT-LEDS Alignment, Update and Enhancement

 

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