The Challenge

The science is clear: countries have a short window of time to take the urgent action necessary to limit average global temperature rise to a safer 1.5 °C. Global warming is already causing long-lasting changes to our climate system, and threatens lives and livelihoods around the world. We have a once-in-a generation opportunity - through the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - to ensure a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous future for all.

UNDP's Climate Promise

The Climate Promise is UNDP’s response to this challenge. Tackling the climate crisis requires that all countries make bold pledges under the Paris Agreement to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases (GHG) that cause global warming. The Climate Promise is our commitment to ensure that any country wishing to increase the ambition of their national climate pledge is able to do so.

Our Promise support draws upon UNDP’s extensive portfolio of expertise across priorities such as energy, forests, water, resilience, agriculture, health, youth, finance, governance, gender equality and green jobs. It also builds upon UNDP’s established track record in supporting governments to discuss, design and deliver climate action under Paris Agreement.

UNDP has agreed Climate Promise workplans with 119 countries – making it the world’s largest offer of support for the enhancement of countries’ climate pledges.

How does it work?

UNDP’s Climate Promise provides five key technical areas of support to help countries take bold action to reduce their emissions, increase their resilience to climate impacts and support sustainable development priorities.

Working closely with our partners, we work together on climate action across government and society to advance equality, tackle poverty and strengthen social and environmental sustainability. This includes addressing key cross-cutting issues as demonstrated in this word cloud from Climate Promise plans.

UNDP’s Climate Promise and COVID-19

As part of UNDP’s overall support to countries to prepare, respond and recover from COVID-19 health crisis, our Climate Promise services are being adjusted to bolster critical government efforts to address climate action within their pandemic response by using their pledges to “green” stimulus packages and longer-term investments and development plans. This way, we can help to ensure that vulnerable communities are protected against the crises of today, while also designing a more resilient and equitable tomorrow.

Results in focus

20 Insights on NDCs in 2020
  • Download 20 Insights on NDCs in 2020 report here
Progress Reports

Progress of Climate Promise support to countries are regularly shared with our donors and key partners. These reports have provided a great deal of insights on the progress made by countries on their NDC enhancement processes. It also highlights relevant tools and resources to support countries in their NDC enhancement and implementation.

  • July 2021 Progress Report: An update on our latest progress, with features on adaptation plans, energy commitments and investments, the UNDP's Moonshot Initiative, and a look forward to COP26. Download full report here.
  • April 2021 Progress Report: This report provides a snapshot of climate promise results to date, an overview of implementation progress in countries, highlights of country submissions, and a special feature of the People’s Climate Vote, Green Recovery, and working with the Private Sector to advance NDC enhancement and implementation. Download full report here and the one-pager here.
  • November 2020 Progress Report: This special edition provides the latest analysis on expected levels of ambition, timelines, and linkages with COVID-19, the report focuses on NDCs and inclusivity, especially related to Gender and Youth. Download full report here  
  • August 2020 Progress Report: This report provides a comprehensive overview of implementation progress across all Climate Promise countries and the latest updates on how COVID-19 is impacting NDC enhancement processes. A deep dive focus on Nature-Based Solutions and Forestry sectors can be found in this report. Download full report here  
  • May 2020 Progress Report: This report provides a comprehensive analysis of countries’ anticipated degree of mitigation and adaptation ambition in their revised NDCs. A deep dive focus on the Energy sector is featured in this report. Download full report here  
  • April 2020 Progress Report: The report highlights how the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the implementation of the Climate Promise and how countries are adjusting their workplans and implications especially for Higher Emitters groups, SIDS and LDCs regarding their planned submissions. Download full report here
Mobilizing all People for Climate Action through Mission 1.5

More and more global citizens, especially young people, are mobilizing to demand climate action but sometimes they struggle to have their voices heard by governments. At the same time, governments often lack access to reliable information about what their citizens think about climate action. Mission 1.5 uses mobile gaming technology to provide a bridge between citizens and governments – empowering people to cast a vote for the actions they think their government should take and aggregating the data to inform policymakers on the world’s preferred climate actions to keep our planet safe for future generations.

63 countries being supported under the Climate Promise are planning targeted citizen engagement through Mission 1.5, but anyone with internet access can also play at To further increase reach, UNDP is partnering with Citizen’s Climate Lobby and March for Science, among others, and pursuing private sector partnerships with the gaming industry. In response to demand, a complementary educational module is also now in development for teachers and parents that provides more guidance on the choices made during the Mission 1.5 game.

Delivering Results in Collaboration

The Climate Promise is possible thanks to generous support from Sweden, Germany, European Union, Italy, Spain, and other core donors, and is underpins UNDP’s contribution to the NDC Partnership’s Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) initiative.

UNDP ensures its Climate Promise support is complementary to, and leverages the mandates, comparative advantages and skillsets of a wide range of strategic partners., including UNEP (energy, adaptation, resource efficiency, forestry and nature-based solutions), FAO (adaptation, forestry), IRENA (energy), UNICEF (youth and social protection), World Bank (adaptation), UN-HABITAT (local and regional governance, cities), WHO (health), and others, as well as a global roster of climate change experts.

An overview of UNDP’s Climate Promise can be found here.

Tools and Knowledge Products

Climate Promise Quality Assurance Checklist is designed to support governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to reflect on the revision processes and outcomes of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).