UNDP and World Resources Institute launch new tool to support climate change actions

Jun 9, 2015

Bonn – 9 June – Meeting on the sidelines of climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany, UNDP and the World Resources Institute today launched a new guidance tool to support developing countries in preparing climate targets and actions.

Supported by UNDP’s Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECB), the new publication has been designed to support developing country partners as they prepare their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), a key component of the Paris climate change agreement. Through the INDC’s each country declares their envisioned strategies and actions to tackle the challenge of climate change.

“INDC’s can sound overly technical and confusing, but what they boil down to are the goals that countries agree to work towards through the new agreement.” Notes Allison Towle, Programme Analyst in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. “Our partners have recognized the importance of this and, wanting a successful Paris conference, are actively working to get these ready and submitted.”

The publication is the latest move by UNDP to help partners prepare for the Paris conference. With dozens of requests from country partners for support, UNDP has been working with other partners and initiatives to provide assistance so that country contributions are contextually appropriate and implementable.

About UNDP’s support to the COP21 process

Since 2014, UNDP and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have organized a series of regional technical workshops that both provide a forum for countries to discuss the content and process of INDC preparation, as well as gather information from partners on what type of support is needed. Attended by over 500 participants from 110 countries, the dialogues have helped shape the INDC support process. These technical dialogues have been carried out with the financial support from donors, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, the European Commission, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, the UK, and the US.

“The Paris conference is a turning point without question,” notes Stephen Gold, Head of Climate Change within UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. “But tackling climate change will require more than a successful conference, it’s going to require sustained commitment and a lot of hard work on the ground. The INDC’s will serve as more than a political declaration. They will also stand as a roadmap that can be followed when the time comes for implementation, helping countries contribute to the global goal of keeping temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius.”

Since 2014 and with funding from Germany, UNDP’s LECB programme has lent direct INDC development support to Argentina, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Lebanon, and Ukraine. In addition, UNDP is providing financial support to 30 countries through the funding provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the European Commission, with dozens more benefiting from indirect support.

One of only seven organizations pre-approved for accreditation in the Green Climate Fund, UNDP stands ready to support country partners in the implementation of efforts to tackle and adapt to climate change.

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