COP22: Action on the Paris Agreement

Marrakech, Morocco, 7-18 November 2016


The Government of Morocco will host the 22
nd Conference of the Parties from 7-18 November in Marrakech. Dubbed the ‘COP for Action’, COP22 will focus on turning ambition into action and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

COP22 will focus on negotiating key elements, such as the rulebook for taking action under the Paris Agreement, and scaling up the technical, financial and capacity building support that will facilitate action at the country level.

Key UNDP events

UNDP at COP22 bookletBooklet cover for UNDP's engagement at COP22

The following events will feature senior level UNDP representation and will take place predominately in the UNDP space, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone. For a full list of events, please see 'UNDP at COP22'.

Tuesday, 15 November

  • 9:30-11:00 - Dialogue with Civil Society on Local Climate Action in Africa, UNDP Space, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone

An informal dialogue with the representatives of civil society organizations from Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Madagascar, Senegal and Togo. Organized by UNDP, Swiss Cooperation, the European Union, UN Women, Le Francophonie, UNDP Morocco, and the Small Grants Programme. CSO representatives will share their experiences that led to successful community initiatives addressing climate change.

  • 13:00-15:00 - Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Fourth High Level Meeting, Meeting Room 5, Area H, Blue Zone

The CVF Fourth High Level Meeting will serve to: formally adopt the outcome documents from Senior Officials Meeting (held on 10 November); expand the membership of the forum; and amplify the voice of vulnerable countries at COP22.

  • 13:00-14:30 - REDD+ in action in DRC: Results and ways forward for DRC, UNDP Space, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone

This event will present the areas of the DRC REDD+ investment plan where implementation has begun, and how this aligns with existing initiatives in the country; showcase how cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder coordination for REDD+ works in practice in DRC through the National REDD+ Fund; and discuss how the momentum created by signing of the DRC- CAFI Letter of Intent can be leveraged to scale up funding for the DRC National Fund for REDD+, from further investments to results-based payments.

  • 15:30-17:00 - Global Pact Network in Morocco, UNDP Space, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone

The purpose of this event is to launch a tripartite partnership between the CGEM, seven lead enterprises and UNDP Rabat to establish a local chapter of the Global Compact Network in Morocco.  In the margin of the event, a project document/MOU will be signed between UNDP Morocco and the CGEM. The project aims to position Moroccan companies in international and regional networks of the Global Compact, to raise awareness and knowledge of expertise and best practices in activities related to the Global Compact, and reinforce capacities. The partnership will support Morocco’s private sector alignment with the 10 Global Compact Principles and will engage the private sector companies’ to contribute to achieve the SDGs.  The event targets leaders from different private sectors in Morocco active in Finance, food industry, mining, telecommunications and transport sectors.

  • 17:30-19:30 - Ministerial Event on Advancing Global Forest and Climate Goals, UNDP Space, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone

This event aims to build awareness of how vital forests are to the success of the Paris Agreement. The event will bring together ministers from forest and donor nations to highlight examples of recent action and successes in addressing deforestation and forest degradation since COP21. The event will also highlight progress towards the achievement of the goals of the New York Declaration on Forests, with a particular focus on the private sector goal of implementing zero deforestation commodity supply chain commitments by 2020.

Wednesday, 16 November

  • 9:30-11:00 - UNDP Corporate Event Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDP Space, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone

The high-level side event aims to facilitate a dialogue among member states, concerned organizations and development practitioners on their experiences and lessons learned resulting from an integrated climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction approach. The facilitated discussion will seek to identify priority areas and means for scaling up comprehensive and integrated risk management solutions as to ensure that development decisions are risk informed and climate resilient.

  • 13:00-14:30 - UNDP Main Corporate Event: Delivering Resilient Development Through the Paris Agreement, UNDP Space, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone

The Paris Agreement was not only a roadmap to delivering climate action, it also provided very clear warnings that development will only be sustainable through action on climate change. Focusing attention on the inseparability of climate action from development and the implementation of country’s Nationally Determined Contributions as a vehicle to deliver both on climate and development, this event will bring together senior ministers from across developed and developing countries to discuss the challenges of delivering on the commitments of Paris and of turning intended contributions to concrete actions.

  • 17:00-18:30 - Gender Equality in Tracking Progress of SDGs, UNDP Space, Pavilion 4, Blue Zone

Promoting a dialogue and best approaches on integrating gender equality into climate change institutional arrangements as well as national systems for monitoring and reporting, as part of the Paris Agreement enhanced transparency framework, and in coordination with similar existing efforts, such as National Communications and Biennial Update Reports. Free copies of the Gender Responsive National Communications toolkit available.

The Paris Agreement


In December 2015, over 190 countries convened in France to adopt the Paris Agreement on climate change at the 21st Conference of the Parties (or COP21). This Agreement was the culmination of years of hard work by countries, UN agencies, scientists, the private sector and civil society, and represented a long-term vision for a zero-carbon, resilient and sustainable world. The Paris Agreement officially enters into force on 4 November 2016, prior to the start of COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco. The Paris Agreement will take effect years ahead of schedule, demonstrating the unwavering commitment of the global community to address climate change.

UNDP's support

In the years prior to Paris, UNDP worked closely with its partners to help identify intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). These INDCs, or targets, represent the contextually appropriate and unique contribution of each country to the global effort to tackle climate change. Elements within INDCs range from lowering greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energies to increasing the resilience of agriculture systems to protecting forests. As part of its efforts, UNDP worked with dozens of countries to finalize and submit their targets, and held a series of regional dialogues with the UNFCCC to lend wider support. 

Currently, UNDP is working with countries to identify areas to expedite action on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). In addition to our country level work, a global workshop on NDC implementation opportunities and challenges was co-hosted with the UNFCCC and EU in Brussels in June and a series of regional workshops are underway. Already Latin American and Caribbean countries have met in Costa Rica and African countries have convened in Tunisia. The next workshop will be held for Pacific Islands in December and Eastern Europe in early 2017.

Throughout the discussions and dialogues, UNDP is continuing to ramp up climate action at the country level and has expanded its portfolio of climate change initiatives to nearly US$ 3 billion in investments across at least 140 countries. As UNDP looks ahead, the organization is working hand-in-hand with countries to build on existing successes and scale-up innovative approaches to achieve a sustainable and prosperous future for all. 

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