IKI workshop on national climate contributions

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Group work during the IKI workshop in Bonn. Picture: Domenica Edriss

Expert discussion and exchange on current climate policy issues is a key element within the International Climate Initiative (IKI). One important platform for this purpose is the workshop series on 'Developing Knowledge on the Building Blocks of a Global Mitigation Architecture', and twice every year the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) invites a portion of the IKI projects to participate. During the last workshop on 10 June, focus was placed on drafting so-called intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). These are planned contributions by signatories to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for a global climate change mitigation architecture, for example through the setting of national greenhouse gas reduction targets. If possible, these contributions should be developed by early 2015 and submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat. This is an important step towards a new and comprehensive climate agreement that is to be endorsed in Paris at the end of 2015.

During the workshop, more than 40 experts from IKI projects met in parallel to the UN negotiations in Bonn. They discussed the elements that can comprise INDCs and what information is needed for their drafting. They also shared their initial experiences from their respective cooperation with different partner countries. This process generated a deeper shared understanding among all regarding INDCs. In addition, the participants identified possible success factors for the drafting of INDCs on the basis of past efforts aimed at low carbon development strategies (LCDS), nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV).

Summary of the key points of discussion: Download (PDF, 275 KB)

The schedule for naming INDCs is ambitious. The BMUB is therefore providing around EUR 3.5 million within the context of the IKI to support many developing and newly industrialising countries towards drafting their INDCs.