Implementing Nationally Determined Contributions

Nationally Determined Contributions form an important pillar of the successfully negotiated Paris Climate Change Agreement. Far in advance of the decisive days of negotiations in November and December 2015, the IKI was working with organisations it actively supports worldwide to help decision-makers from numerous member states draw up Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). A key focus of this process was to ensure that targets were both ambitious and realistic so that actors could be confident that their suggestions would later culminate in implementable and binding Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The ambitious level of these draft documents played a major role in ensuring the successful completion of the negotiations and the determination of a binding 2-degree target.

Based on these specific negotiation results, the next phase of IKI support now aims to breathe life into the NDCs. In the process, IKI projects can include links to work results and local partner networks which were established when the INDCs were prepared. This will allow close cooperation with innovative players, resulting in practical solutions that have a good chance of success and can be quickly implemented. 

NDC Support Cluster

The BMUB founded the NDC Support Cluster in January 2015 as part of the IKI. Its aim is to provide timely and comprehensive support to developing countries in implementing their NDCs. 

Numerous implementation partners are involved in the NDC Cluster and are coordinating their activities to effectively and efficiently use resources in over 30 selected partner countries. The NDC Cluster works closely with the NDC Partnership

The experience and competencies of all implementation partners are pooled in the NDC Cluster to provide a coherent advisory approach in the following four support areas:

  • Political and institutional conditions
  • Sectoral approaches
  • Financing
  • Data and transparency

Depending on the needs of the respective partner governments, the Cluster supports the overarching establishment and further development of skills and knowledge management. It is important that the work to implement NDCs is closely linked to governmental offices responsible for coordinating NDCs, such as environmental ministries and other national climate change commissions. The competencies for implementing sector strategies remain, however, in the respective sectoral ministries.

The Cluster cooperates with other NDC support programmes, thereby contributing to the NDC Partnership. For example, it cooperates closely with the US NDC Leadership Compact, the LEDS Global Partnership and the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement (PaTPA).

To the NDC Support Cluster website

To the NDC Partnership website