The NDC Support Programme is one of UNDP’s flagship programmes, helping countries advance integrated climate and development solutions through the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
About Our Programme
Transitioning your economy onto a climate-resilient, zero carbon path way is not an easy task. Therefore, in 2011, UNDP joined forces with the European Union, the German Environment Ministry (BMUB), and the Australian Government, to assist a select number of countries with targeted financial and technical advisory support services to do so through the Low Emission Capacity Building Programme.
In the lead up to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015, we further expanded our support to assist countries with the development of national climate plans or so-called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). These activities built on our programme's expertise and UNDP’s global network.
In addition, more than 100 developing countries, many of them among the poorest and most vulnerable countries, benefited from guidance on INDC preparation and regional peer-to-peer exchanges.
At the UN Climate Summit (COP23) in 2017, UNDP, together with the Governments of Germany and Spain, and the European Union, launched a new programme - the NDC Support Programme - to help countries dive deeper into the implementation of their national climate plans, also known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Direct technical and financial support for country governments via national project teams. Goal is to build institutional and technical capacity for I/NDC and mitigation actions at scale.
Benefitted 38 countries, of which more than 20% are Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and 16% are Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
- Assessments & Prioritization of Climate Actions
- Custom-tailored training and tools
- Targeted technical support
- Identification of policy & financing options
- Knowledge exhange & collaboration
Climate Community Support
Global Knowledge Exchange and peer-to-peer learning for governments and technical experts. Goal is to advance mitigation design, leadership and awareness building.
Benefitted 100+ developing countries, many among the poorest and most vulnerable countries.
- Global and Regional Forums
- Online Discussions
- Thematic Webinars
- Technical Publications
- Centers of Excellence
Technical Advisory Areas
We assist our member countries through our global team in New York and our national coordinators, who are usually based in the countries' ministries leading on climate action. Together, we support governments in designing and implementing their projects while ensuring technically sound deliverables.
We offer advice for the following 3 service areas:
National Climate Plans: INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) and NDC Implementation Plans
Mitigation Strategies and Action: Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)
Transparency and Evidence Base: Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Systems
Our flexible programme approach allows countries to tailor our service lines according to their needs from the following options:
Assessing country needs and prioritizing climate actions.
During the inception phase, our Global Support team, the national UNDP NDC Support Programme coordinator and the UNDP country office work together with relevant ministries to help countries explore their needs. Our team provides guidance on baseline assessments, prioritization of climate actions, and stakeholder consultations for the design of the national projects.
Providing appropriate support with tools and training.
The support mitigation actions, in the context of national priorities, mainly through the design of the so called Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions or NAMAs. This support includes expert-led publications, country-tailored training and technical training packages (in coordination with Centres of Excellence).
Targeted technical support to national teams.
The implementation of project activities includes commissioning the development of resources, monitoring of technical support and its impacts on the quality of project implementation and deliverables, and reporting on results and lessons learned via communication and knowledge products.
Identification of innovative policy and financing options.
Identify policy and financial options with the goal to facilitate public-private partnerships. This includes determining potential sources of funding and institutional arrangements for the implementation and mainstreaming of Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) and mitigation actions.
Fostering knowledge exchange to encourage collaboration.
Knowledge exchange will raise awareness, engage stakeholders, build technical capacity and promote a common vision among decision makers. A primary role of our team is to disseminate good practices through peer-to-peer knowledge networks and forums, reaching beyond environmental stakeholders to promote the integration of climate change in national development strategies and plans.
Ranging from national climate plans (NDCs) to mitigation actions, it is countries themselves who decide how to address climate and development issues.
Initiatives that are developed based on a consultation with key-stakeholders.
Countries can choose which support areas they want to draw on.
Public Private Collaboration
Support of collaboration between stakeholders