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Low Emission Capacity Building Programme

An NDC Support Programme



A global initiative to support national climate change mitigation efforts and transition to a low emission development pathway in the context of sustainable development priorities.

The Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme is one of UNDP’s flagship programmes, spearheading country support for activities related to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change while building on the Programme’s longstanding, direct assistance on country-level climate change mitigation action.

Launched in 2011, with support from the European Union, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), and the Australian Government, the programme has supported 38 countries across the world in transitioning to a low emission pathway through two broad strategies:

  1. Direct technical and financial support for country governments via national project teams and
  2. Peer-to-Peer expert knowledge exchange and awareness building to scale action on climate change

Taking advantage of UNDP’s global network and the flexibility of LECB’s support lines, the Programme expanded its support in 2015 to assist countries with the development of national climate plans or so-called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) in the run up of the Paris Agreement.

In addition, through the Programme’s Regional Technical Dialogues carried out in collaboration with the UNFCCC, more than 100 developing countries, many of them among the poorest and most vulnerable countries, benefited from guidance on INDC preparation and learning through global and regional peer-to-peer exchanges.


Direct Country Support

Our direct country support has focused on the following four areas:

  • National Climate Plans: preparation and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
  • Mitigation Strategies and Action: Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)
  • Transparency and Evidence Base: Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Systems
  • Public Private Collaboration
In addition, a Centre of Excellence Network (“NAMA Net”) was established through a consortium of international firms to bridge the gap between the NAMA design capabilities developed under the Programme and the more rigorous financial and technical assessments to strengthen the implementation potential of these mitigation actions.

How We Provide Support

From the inception phase of each project, and for the life of the project, countries receive guidance and support from the Programme's Global Support Team and UNDP country offices. This includes:

  • Sensitizing key stakeholders to climate change issues and facilitating consultations and additional support through UNDP’s networks on the country-level
  • Promoting integrated governance approaches and strengthening institutional capacities  to support implementation of NDC and climate actions
  • Making high-quality tools and training available to support the identification and design of climate actions in the context of national priorities and relevant planning processes.
  • Providing targeted technical support to national teams for the implementation of project activities.
  • Assisting with the identification of innovative policy and financing options for low-emission development in order to facilitate partnerships between the public sector and private or public industry.
  • Disseminating knowledge and lessons learned to raise awareness, engage stakeholders, and inform decision makers.


Participatory Design and Knowledge Diffusion

Beyond the targeted technical assistance, the Programme helps countries advance climate action by promoting consultations, workshops and partnerships to explore the specific linkages between national climate change actions and sustainable development.

Recently, the Programme has been working with countries to ensure that implementation plans for NDCs are effectively linked with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These exchanges help build consensus on a common vision and commitment to address climate change among political leadership, economic decision-makers and policy makers. They also help convene stakeholders from a broad set of ministries and issue areas to develop an integrated approach.

Building on insights from the country-level, the Programme shares this information to stimulate discussion and strengthen technical capacities for the implementation of NDCs at the regional and global level.


Our Implementation Principles

Country-Driven Process

National ownership is the foundation for systemic change. Climate change is a complex problem that requires solutions that are customized to domestic circumstances, needs and priorities. The LECB Programme has been working closely with national governments to identify and design climate actions in a consensus-driven and inclusive manner.

An Inclusive, Multi-stakeholder Framework

The Programme involves active engagement of both public and private stakeholders to promote sound project planning and national ownership. Public institutions responsible for the design and implementation of climate action facilitate the coordination among key stakeholders to ensure that efforts to address emission reductions are grounded in the priorities and needs of the individual sectors involved.

Menu-based, Tailored Approach

The Programme is designed to provide coordinated, expert, capacity-building support to assist participating countries in selecting the most relevant project activities to focus on. Using a menu approach, each participating country has determined, developed and executed its own project-based on national priorities and needs.

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

The Programme promotes gender-sensitive approaches at key entry points in the mitigation and NDC design and implementation process. After that, a gender-responsive lens is applied to all stages along the project development cycle, including decision-making, institutional frameworks, strategies, outcomes and reporting.


For more information on the UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme email inquiries to lowemission@undp.org.