Action Areas

A guiding principle of the Partnership is to align the climate and development agendas. Our action areas, seeking to better align these agendas, span NDC Finance, NDC Enhancement, Gender Equality, Whole-of-Society approaches, and Youth Engagement.

NDC enhancement efforts focus on the following action areas

Further information about each Action Area can be found below

Gender Equality

Advancing gender-responsive climate action


Mobilizing climate action across government and society

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Youth Engagement

Engaging youth in climate action

NDC Finance

Accelerating access to climate finance

Gender Equality

Gender equality was supported through widespread engagement on women-specific needs, analysis on gender-based climate vulnerability, and inclusion of women in decision making

49 out of 53 countries that considered gender, including specific needs and priorities, received CAEP support targeting gender inclusiveness.

The NDC Partnership Gender Strategy supports inclusive delivery of support and mainstreaming of gender consideration. Specific activities included:

Technical assistance for collecting gender-disaggregated data and supporting an inclusive NDC review process which considers women’s needs and priorities.

Analytical support and stakeholder engagement to include women’s needs in the countries’ NDCs.

Raising awareness on gender-specific climate impacts through capacity building programs and revised national strategies.

Country Examples


Zimbabwe included inclusive adaptation and resilience measures for the forestry and agriculture sectors. Measures ranged from reducing inequality in agricultural value chains and improving efficiency of crop production to increasing market access for women in remote communities and for young farmers.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso expanded ten sectoral action plans to include strong gender mainstreaming elements. This included improving data gathering and analysis of gender-disaggregated impacts of climate change to ensure gender equality in projects.


Countries enhanced their NDCs through a collaborative and inclusive NDC updating process.

0 54 out of 55 countries that enhanced their NDC following a whole-of-society approach received CAEP support.
Stakeholder Inclusion

46 countries were supported in making their NDC revision process more inclusive, ensuring that a variety of stakeholders (e.g., academics, civil society and vulnerable groups, private sector) were involved in validating the targets.

Subnational Commitments

13 countries that enhanced their subnational commitments received support focusing on stakeholder engagement, building channels of communication and ensuring existing policies and mitigation efforts were included.

Country Examples

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic identified how the private sector (local development and commercial banks, largest companies, business groups, and producer associations) can support the government in delivering on its NDC targets.


Nigeria set extensive subnational commitments and actions, aided by analysis of state-specific vulnerabilities, with a focus on livelihoods and resilience. Through this assessment, subnational officers received capacity building support to reduce local community vulnerability and strengthen resilience.


Pakistan adopted a collaborative whole-of-society approach to its climate strategy, including engagement at national and subnational levels and with additional ministries and sectors.

Youth Engagement

Countries raised awareness among youth and engaged them in NDC processes.

39 out of 42 countries that enhanced NDC inclusion of youth received CAEP support focusing on information and engagement.

The support delivered illustrates how the NDC Partnership’s Youth Engagement Plan (YEP) aims to comprehensively increase youth participation and priorities in the NDC development process and targets.

CAEP support included improving information on youth-specific opportunities and risks from climate change and the low-carbon and resilient transition.

Support also targeted improving youth education by enhancing curricula and awareness campaigns on climate change.

Country Examples

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CAEP supported the Peruvian government’s Dialoguemos initiative, which included widespread engagement with youth-focused groups to reflect their needs in the NDC.

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In Nepal, CAEP supported the coordination of focus groups with women, youth, Indigenous peoples, the private sector, and academia to raise public awareness on new NDC targets and gather their inputs. These fed the Action Plan for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion.

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CAEP supported the government of the Dominican Republic with an outreach communication strategy including engagement with youth-focused groups. Findings from these engagements fed into specific targets and activities that increase youth involvement in climate change action.

NDC Finance

Countries increasingly costed NDC targets and strengthened financing plans.

49 out of 51 countries that enhanced their finance planning received CAEP support focused on mobilizing resources to finance the NDC’s targets.
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37 countries made progress in developing their long-term climate finance plan, out of which 36 received CAEP support.

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21 of 23 countries increased their national financing commitments third and were supported by CAEP in integrating NDCs into national planning, budgets, and revenue streams.

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33 countries outlined the costs of achieving their mitigation and adaptation NDC targets. CAEP supported 25 of those in developing specific costing studies and analyses.

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CAEP supported 24 of the 26 countries in designing a plan to mobilize private sector engagement for NDC financing.

The NDC Partnership supports NDC financing through five channels captured in the Finance Strategy.

Developing Climate Finance Strategies and Financial Roadmaps

This includes: The development of climate finance strategies, national, local and sectoral NDC investment plans, and the development of financial roadmaps.

Integrating NDCs Into National Planning, Budgets and Revenue

This includes: Integration of Climate Finance into Public Budgets & Expenditure Frameworks, Climate finance tracking, sustainable public procrurement guidlines and regulations, and carbon pricing, taxes and trading.

Project and Program Financing and Resource Mobilization

This includes: Blended finance mechanisms or vehicles such as national climate funds, green bonds, reloving funds, etc. and access to capital markets.

Developing Bankable Projects and Pipelines

This includes: Project feasability assessments, project financial structuring, and accessinh international sources of finance through the development of project concept notes and proposals.

Private Sector Engagement

This includes: Private sector engagement, assessment of private sector needs, mapping of private sector partners and assessments of private capital markets.

Country Examples

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Belize costed NDC targets and developed a resource requirements report. The results of this assessment were integrated into the NDC Implementation Plan and the Climate Finance Strategy. 

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Mozambique costing their NDC targets through close engagement with the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Total costs for mitigation and adaptation targets were estimated and the overall resource needs were split by secured funding and remaining funding gaps for implementation. 


Countries to raise their ambition and put in place higher mitigation and adaptation targets

CAEP support included programs combining analysis and engage¬ment with a strong focus on country ownership.

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Looking Ahead

Countries are moving swiftly to implement updated NDCs

To move from plans to action, implementation and investment plans must be strengthened while countries simultaneously build on 2020 NDCs to increase ambition in 2025.

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