IKI-financed NDC Conference for ambitious contributions to climate change mitigation

Participants of the NDC Conference 2019 sit at several tables and discuss with each other
Around 200 delegates are expected to attend the third global NDC Conference in Berlin.

The third NDC Conference is currently taking place in Berlin. The aim is to raise ambitions for nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and benefit from shared experience.

The NDCs, set individually by each country, form the basis for the measures introduced by countries to achieve their climate targets and contribute to the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. From 31 May to 2 June, around 200 representatives from the international climate community will meet up at the third global NDC Conference in Berlin. Organised as an invitation-only event, the conference offers a space to strengthen networks, present innovative ideas and put together dynamic teams with an international reach. IKI will also use this opportunity to mark its 15th anniversary.

Promoting dialogue, raising ambitions

This year’s conference aims to inspire climate practitioners and political decision-makers to take the lead on processes and coordination work that are fair, feasible and financeable to facilitate NDCs. In doing so, these stakeholders should build on insights from implementation and earlier updates. This is a long-term strategy that is based on continuous, collaborative and participative teamwork that takes place on a level playing field.

The conference is hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) through the IKI funds and is organised jointly by the NDC Partnership, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Delegates invited to attend the conference include advisers and decision-makers from national governments and supranational organisations who work on NDCs, as well as members of think tanks, actors from the private sector, non-governmental organisations and youth organisations and representatives of international institutions. Delegates from all IKI focus countries are also invited.

Key topics at the conference

Thematically, the conference will address different key topics:

  • Strengthening networks
  • Presenting innovative ideas and approaches, plus positive examples and insights from practice
  • Offering ideas for ambitious, swift and more effective implementation of NDCs
  • Reflecting on and improving capabilities and decision-making skills
  • Creating clarity about the update process and division of work

The three-day conference offers a wide variety of formats that will support delegates to share their knowledge and learn from one another. These formats include panel discussions, breakout sessions, a fishbowl discussion, innovation hubs, in-depth analyses (deep dives), and the chance for informal get-togethers during breaks and the evening programme.

Results on knowledge hubs

The results of the Conference will be published on the Conference website as well as on several knowledge hubs. This will ensure they further the strategic discussions and activities of the partners who provide information about climate-relevant milestones and process support. The aim is to promote open dialogue, establish new networks, and create space for new ideas and affiliations.

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IKI Office
Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH
Stresemannstraße 69-71

10963 Berlin


Further information

NDC Partnership


NDC Conference website


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