UNDP Climate Promise

The flagship initiative UNDP Climate Promise helps 120 developing countries and emerging economies to enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This has led to a significant increase of mitigation and adaptation ambition ahead of COP26 in Glasgow. To continue this momentum, Germany supports the next phase of the Climate Promise moving from “pledge to impact” as a key contribution to the NDC Partnership. The aim is to implement NDCs in a way where climate targets are met while contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IKI contribution will provide technical support to 17 frontrunner countries. In addition, this project will contribute to data and knowledge generation and advocacy, including support to the 2023 Global NDC Conference.

Project data

Armenia, Bangladesh, Belize, Jamaica, Laos, Lebanon, Mali, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Uganda, Uruguay, Chad, Zimbabwe, Niger
IKI funding
20,000,000.00 €
01/2022 till 12/2026
Implementing organisation
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Political Partner
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern

State of implementation/results

    Pillar 1: Scale and speed of NDC implementation:
  • Climate finance:
    • Belize and Uganda have engaged new climate finance units on NDC actions and development planning. Belize also held a “write shop” on preparing climate change proposals for state and non-state actors.
    • Climate finance analyses are being validated in Mali and Zimbabwe.
    • Uganda developed draft carbon market guidelines, regulations, and training manual, while Zimbabwe released a national carbon credit framework.
  • Inclusive policy frameworks:
    • Belize is reflecting NDC considerations in four sectoral development strategies (agriculture, energy, transport, solid waste), while Mali validated an NDC roadmap and is aligning its gender-responsive NDC investment plan with national policies, programmes, and initiatives.
    • Uruguay assessed capacity needs of gender focal points in subnational governments and consulted on guidelines for gender-responsive NDC measures in public planning.
    • Panama trained municipal stakeholders on calculating water footprints and climate vulnerability and risks.
    • Armenia developed social, environmental and climate assessment procedures for municipal sustainable energy policies.
    • Zimbabwe prepared a legal gap analysis for a draft Climate Change Bill.
    • Workshops were held in Namibia (climate finance), Panama (gender equality and climate), and Zimbabwe (Climate Change Gender Action Plan). Panama also conducted eleven workshops in eight provinces and one indigenous territory to support Gender and Climate Change initiatives.
    • Uruguay initiated a gender assessment for a National Adaptation Plan for the health sector.
    • Lebanon is advancing a gender analysis, action plan and mainstreaming toolkit for eight NDC sectors.
  • Transparency:
    • Jamaica is improving GHG data estimates for a retrofit of the nation’s first net-zero building, while Panama is developing a National Adaptation Data System.
    • Belize raised awareness on its Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) platform and Uganda trained users in the Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use sector on its integrated MRV tool.
    • Implementation of priority NDC actions:
    • E-vehicles were procured for a national e-mobility pilot in Belize.
  • Private sector engagement:
    • Belize defined the scope for a green jobs assessment.
    • Uruguay developed a register of sustainable certifications, a roadmap for recognising good practices of companies, and a methodological guide and tool for estimating GHG emissions for three value chains.
    • Zimbabwe engaged the private sector on green building standards, implications of the NDC for industry, sustainability reporting, and energy and water audits.
    • Namibia is identifying risks, barriers, and opportunities of private sector investment in NDC measures.

    Pillar 2: Amplifying NDC and long-term ambition:
  • NDC updates/revisions:
    • Uruguay conducted consultations on its second NDC (submitted December 2022), including targeted outreach to youth, and strengthened gender considerations.
    • Panama has established institutional coordination processes and consulted stakeholders to define net-zero carbon targets to be included in the update of its first NDC.
  • Long-term strategies (LTS):
    • Lebanon has consulted with stakeholders on transport, circular economy, energy, and agriculture.

    Pillar 3: Lasting inclusivity through whole-of society engagement:
  • Whole-of-society engagement:
    • Jamaica engaged national stakeholders on NDC implementation priorities in preparation for the 27th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27).
    • Belize raised awareness on climate change at the acclaimed boat race "La Ruta Maya River Challenge".
    • Namibia is developing an NDC stakeholder engagement strategy and communication plan.
  • Youth empowerment:
    • Belize has signed the first-ever Youth Declaration on climate change.
    • Lebanon trained three youth negotiators, two of whom attended COP27 and one who attended UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn in June 2023.
    • Panama has trained 150 youth through a Climate Change Academy for Young Leaders.
    • Zimbabwe engaged youth to develop a position paper ahead of COP27.
    • Uganda is implementing a Greening Schools initiative to promote sustainable use of natural resources in schools through tree planting.

    Pillar 4: International awareness, advocacy, and partnerships:
  • Global and regional events:
    • Co-led 2023 Global NDC Conference (31 May-2 June, Berlin), which attracted nearly 350 participants from over 50 countries (globalndcconference.org).
    • Co-organised Africa Climate Week 2023 (4-8 September, Nairobi, Kenya), and supported the first-ever Africa Climate Summit, held in parallel.
    • Contributed to the NDC Partnership’s 2023 Raising Ambition Through Partnership webinar series.
  • Knowledge and advocacy products:
  • Communications:
    • 25 newsletters, 40 blogs, 26 photo stories, and 8 explainers featured on the Climate Promise website: English (www.climatepromise.undp.org), French (www.climatepromise.undp.org/fr), and Spanish (www.climatepromise.undp.org/es). In 2023, the website has attracted over 280,000 unique users, with 442,000 total visits and 535,000 page views.
    • The Monthly Promise email newsletter has over 2700 subscribers.
    • The award-winning Dear World Leaders campaign (www.dearworldleaders.org) was exhibited at the UN General Assembly (twitter.com/…).

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