The NDC Partnership’s demand driven model enables countries to flag their specific needs and receive targeted support to enhance and implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Transformational change is needed to cut emissions and adapt to a changing climate, all while meeting development needs. Such change requires groundbreaking coordination to mobilize resources globally, with speed and scale.
The NDC Partnership’s Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) was launched in 2019 to help countries enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and fast-track their implementation.
Through CAEP, countries received a diverse range of support for their NDC enhancement.
Quality and process are the critical enabling components for ramping up ambition. NDC enhancement is measured across all three components.
Targets are credible, comprehensive, robust and implementable
Emissions reductions are in alignment with Paris goals; spanning relevant sectors and gasses, and aligning with long term plans
The NDC process is inclusive and transparent, building up national ownership
NDC enhancement is multifaceted, including ambition, quality and process.
- Enhancement is identified by comparing a country’s first or second NDC with its updated one.
- By comparing an NDC against its previous version, the analytical focus is relative rather than an absolute assessments of NDCs.
- This comparison illustrates the principle that NDCs are designed to serve specific country contexts and priorities and should be considered relative to their own previous iterations.
Ambition refers to strengthening mitigation or adaptation targets and actions over time.
Countries may raise ambition by strengthening emissions reduction (including the addition of sector-specific targets) or by broadening the scope to include wider coverage of sectors or gases. Countries may also raise ambition by moving from conditional to unconditional targets, shortening timelines, adding qualitative policies and measures, or setting out their long-term adaptation strategies.
Out of the 55 countries assessed, 55 countries raised their NDC ambition, 54 of which received CAEP support to do so.
Quality enhancement includes strengthening underlying data and ensuring NDCs are detailed, achievable and verifiable.
Data gathering and robust methodologies support evidence-based NDC targets and detailed action plans, including sector-specific plans, costing, and financing. Clear governance structures and strategic alignment with national policy and Long Term Strategies (LTS), including additional information on capacity gaps and barriers to inform adaptation planning, and ensure the targets are achievable given countries’ resources. Including or strengthening mechanisms for monitoring and oversight is important for tracking progress and verifying the set targets.
CAEP supported all 55 countries with analytical and technical support, improving overall NDC quality.
Process captures enhancement in NDC transparency and inclusiveness of key stakeholders and vulnerable communities.
These components strengthen the credibility of NDCs, ensuring inputs and targets reflect the needs and priorities of impacted communities. It includes designing strategies to mainstream climate change through education and awareness-raising campaigns. An inclusive process leads to greater involvement of all levels of government as well as the public, following a whole-of-society approach.
CAEP supported all 55 countries in enhancing their NDC process with support targeting inclusiveness, transparency and stakeholder engagement.
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Across Gender Equality, Youth Engagement, NDC Finance and Whole-of-Society approaches, countries worked to align their climate and development agendas through the NDC update process.
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NDC Partnership members are translating NDCs into feasible investments and mobilizing financial resources to make NDCs a reality.
Identifying trends through CAEP activity data provides a window into NDC enhancement and implementation efforts.
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Implementing Partners provided technical assistance and coordination support tailored to countries' demands.
Through CAEP, 46 partners provided financial and technical support to countries. Support was provided through a combination of partners’ own resources and through the Technical Assistance Fund (TAF).
CAEP and the TAF benefited from the generous support of the following governments:
CAEP and the TAF also benefited from the generous support of the following organisations:
2050 Pathways PlatformVisit website
African Development Bank (AfDB)Visit website
Asian Development Bank (ADB)Visit website
Carbon CountsVisit website
Climate AnalyticsVisit website
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)Visit website
Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC)Visit website
Conservation International (CI)Visit website
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)Visit website
Enabel - Belgian Development AgencyVisit website
European ComissionVisit website
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)Visit website
Fundación AvinaVisit website
Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and DevelopmentVisit website
Germany Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety based on a decision of the German BundestagVisit website
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)Visit website
Global Water Partnership (GWP)Visit website
Gold StandardVisit website
Government Offices of Sweden Ministry for Foreign AffairsVisit website
Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI)Visit website
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)Visit website
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)Visit website
Initiative for Climate Action and Transparency (ICAT)Visit website
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)Visit website
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)Visit website
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)Visit website
Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)Visit website
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of DenmarkVisit website
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the NetherlandsVisit website
NDC Partnership Support Unit (NDCPSU)Visit website
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)Visit website
Norway Ministry of Foreign AffairsVisit website
Norwegian Ministry of Climate and EnvironmentVisit website
Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)Visit website
Red Cross Red Crescent Climate CentreVisit website
Regional Pacific NDC HubVisit website
Ricardo Energy and EnvironmentVisit website
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)Visit website
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)Visit website
SouthSouthNorth (SSN)Visit website
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)Visit website
United Kingdom GovernmentVisit website
United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)Visit website
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)Visit website
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)Visit website
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)Visit website
World Bank GroupVisit website
World Health Organization (WHO)Visit website
World Resources Institute (WRI)Visit website
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)Visit website
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United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Watch to learn about UNCDF’s work under CAEP localizing NDC implementation, fast tracking support to countries improving and scaling up their NDCs, enabling the inclusion of subnational dimensions to NDCs, and improving access to finance for localized action.