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Where the money flows: How data on climate spending is informing better decision-making in Chile

Posted on November 23, 2021

Data is highlighting government efforts to address climate change, and helping identify the gaps, investment priorities, and policies which will allow Chile to address climate change impacts in the years ahead.

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1.5 - The biggest small number

Posted on November 17, 2021

📷 In Pictures: Scientific consensus says we cannot have a healthy planet with a temperature increase higher than 1.5°C (2.7°F). We are already at 1.1°C (2.2°F).

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For a truly circular economy, we need to listen to indigenous voices

Posted on November 12, 2021

As we see circular economy climbing up the political agenda, we must acknowledge that circularity has been a way of life for millennia for Indigenous peoples worldwide. We must ensure they are in the driving seat to help turn NDCs into action.

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Progressive Platforms: Backing Small Island Developing States and least developed countries to meet the climate challenge

Posted on November 12, 2021

Climate change threatens to undo decades of development progress in Small Island Developing States and least developed countries. Their governments and people, however, are standing up.

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To win the battle against climate change, we have to start thinking long term

Posted on September 28, 2021

Long-term Low Emission Development Strategies' (LTSs) can help ensure countries climate pledges don't lose political impetus or priority over time.

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Guatemala’s Revised NDC Aims to be More Robust and Inclusive

Posted on September 16, 2021

The revised NDC includes targets for sectors like Forest Resources and Ecosystems and Protected Areas, and integrates gender and inclusion of indigenous peoples.

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Pakistani young people have their say on climate

Posted on August 16, 2021

Pakistanis face extreme challenges such as melting glaciers, more floods and drought, decreases in crop yield and greater air pollution. Now, a recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Climate Change, Viamo and UNDP, has shed new light on young people's views and perceptions of climate change.

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"The world is finally willing to hear Indigenous voices – and I’m here to speak up"

Posted on August 9, 2021

When you think of solutions to the climate crisis, you may think of modern technologies, like solar and wind energy; but Indigenous communities have been leading on and perfecting natural solutions for centuries. Archana Soreng talks about her journey in climate actvism, her perspective on the climate crisis, and why Indigenous voices need to be heard.

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Four small islands on the frontline of climate change

Posted on June 8, 2021

📷 In Pictures: Small islands sit on the front line against climate change. Despite their relatively low emissions, they stand to lose most. From Jamaica to Mauritius, see how UNDP is supporting small islands taking the lead with their climate action.

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With ambitious climate goals, Iraq sets itself on a new path

Posted on May 10, 2021

📷 In Pictures: As Iraq grapples with the scars of war, economic shocks, and impacts of the pandemic, Climate Change looms on the horizon. But with support from the UNDP, the government of Iraq is setting bold climate goals and charting a more sustainable future.

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"I just want to do things without thinking the world is ending"

Posted on April 22, 2021

Meet Paloma Costa. This Brazilian climate activist, lawyer, and member of the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change is gently shaking the world with her passion for climate justice.

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How UNDP is supporting countries world-wide to beat the water crisis

Posted on March 22, 2021

📷 In Pictures: Around the world some 2.2 billion people lack safely managed drinking water. UNDP is working with governments and communities worldwide to achieve equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.

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20 Insights on NDCs in 2020

Posted on December 12, 2020

It was a landmark agreement in which parties agreed to keep global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The stakes are high, but we have reasons for optimism. Here are the top 20 insights on NDCs in 2020.

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UN launches e-learning tool for people to learn about climate policy

Posted on November 30, 2020

With Mission 1.5 In Action, you can learn more about what governments can do to address climate change. Hosted at mission1point5learn.org, it provides easy-to-understand explanations for 54 of the most important policies governments can enact to address global warming.  

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Peoples' Climate Vote results out now

50 countries. 17 languages. 1.2 million people. UNDP has just conducted the largest survey of public opinion on climate change in history. The results are in: people believe the world is in a state of climate emergency.

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Quality Assurance Checklist for LTSs

The checklist aims to support governments, civil society and other stakeholders during the design, review and revision of Long-Term Low Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Development Strategies (LTSs).

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Quality Assurance Checklist for Revising NDCs

The 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).

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Long-term Low Emission Development Strategies’ (LTSs) help ensure climate pledges don’t lose political impetus or priority over time.

Posted on October 1, 2021

A recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Climate Change, Viamo and UNDP, has shed new light on young people's perceptions of climate change in Pakistan.

Posted on August 16, 2021

Indigenous climate activist Archana Soreng talks about her journey, her perspective on the climate crisis, and why Indigenous voices need to be heard.

Posted on August 9, 2021

Island communities in the Maldives are facing increasing water shortages because of climate change. But with the help of UNDP, there are reasons for hope.

Posted on July 8, 2021

Transparency is at the heart of the climate emergency. If countries do not take efforts to become transparent about their climate contributions we will not be able to move from planning to action, and we cannot win the fight against climate change.

Posted on July 8, 2021

Small islands sit on the front line against climate change. Despite their relatively low emissions, they stand to lose most. From Jamaica to Mauritius, take a look at how UNDP is supporting small islands taking the lead in the fight against climate change.

Posted on June 9, 2021

As Iraq grapples with the scars of war, economic shocks, and impacts of the pandemic, Climate Change looms on the horizon. But with support from the UNDP, the government of Iraq is setting bold climate goals and charting a new, more sustainable future.

Posted on May 12, 2021

Meet Paloma Costa. This Brazilian climate activist, lawyer, and member of the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change is gently shaking the world with her passion for climate justice.

Posted on April 22, 2021

As countries develop revised national climate pledges, they’re doing so in the context of multiple historic crises: climate change, rising inequality, and the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Fortunately, it’s possible to address all three at once, through a just transition to a green economy.

Posted on April 7, 2021

Around the world some 2.2 billion people lack safely managed drinking water. UNDP is working with governments and communities worldwide to achieve equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.

Posted on March 22, 2021

Climate financing not only needs to be scaled up, but also to be targeted in a different manner. Only a fraction of climate finance goes to adaptation. And while nearly half of this targets a major adaptation priority—water—it still fails to reach the poorest.

Posted on March 4, 2021

People around the world are more engaged on climate change than ever before. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak we saw huge marches, protests, and coalitions on every single continent. The message of these movements is clear: We must do something. But how do we translate ‘do something’ into tangible policy advice for world leaders?

Posted on February 19, 2021

The Climate Business Index, which is a joint initiative by UNDP and the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) encouraging companies to take climate actions, has recently co-organized the regional webinar on ”Building Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future through Green Bonds” under its climate finance training with Asian Development Bank and Climate Bonds Initiative.

Posted on December 16, 2020

The challenges are immense, magnified further by the devastating impacts of COVID-19. More than ever, the international community must work together. There are encouraging signs, from the world’s largest economies to Small Islands Developing States and Least Developed Countries, that remind us of our potential if we accept responsibility and embrace solutions.

Posted on December 11, 2020

Nature-based solutions such as ecological infrastructure can help boost carbon sequestration and replenish water resources

Posted on December 8, 2020

Monitoring climate adaptation in Guatemala’s marine coastal zones – for the benefit of people and planet

Posted on December 4, 2020

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched Mission 1.5 In Action, an e-learning tool for citizens to learn what governments can do to address climate change.

Posted on December 1, 2020

The Government of Ghana and Switzerland signed a bilateral agreement today, which brings the cooperative approaches of the Paris Agreement to life. The bilateral agreement sets the framework conditions for the cooperation.

Posted on November 23, 2020

The costs of climate change loom large for Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation. Rising to the challenge, the government is forging new and innovative financing instruments, including issuing the world’s first Green Sukuk.

Posted on November 12, 2020

The Caribbean Cooperative Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Hub (the MRV Hub) is pioneering a regional approach to transparency reporting.

Posted on November 9, 2020

The COVID crisis opens a window of opportunity to shift our food system to a more resilient, sustainable and circular path. One where food loss and waste are designed out, food by-products are transformed and used at their highest value, and food production improves rather than demagess the environment.

Posted on November 6, 2020

In this blog, we would like to offer some ideas for what cities can do to strengthen food security and how creating circular food systems can help achieve this.

Posted on October 31, 2020

The Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry (MECTHI) together with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, SMEs Development recently validated the country’s climate change Gender Action Plan (GAP).

Posted on October 28, 2020

Globally the health, social and economic challenges wrought by COVID-19 have been swift and devastating, unfolding in a matter of months. The pandemic struck against the backdrop of another, no less dramatic, global crisis: climate change. The twin crises have highlighted the urgency for a green, inclusive and transformative recovery – one that advances social justice and equality for all.

Posted on October 26, 2020

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change offers countries a unique opportunity to adopt transformative food system solutions to reduce food loss and waste.

Posted on October 16, 2020

Pocas megaciudades están asentadas en un desierto. Lima es una de ellas. A diferencia del resto de Perú, aquí el agua es un recurso naturalmente escaso que depende de los glaciares que el cambio climático ya ha derretido en un 51% en este país, según la Autoridad Nacional del Agua.

Posted on October 6, 2020

Du 09 au 26 septembre 2020, se sont déroulés dans le District de Bamako et dans les régions de Ségou, Sikasso, Mopti, Koulikoro et Kayes, les ateliers de concertations régionales sur le processus de la révision de la CDN.

Posted on October 5, 2020

Water, as an underlying resource for key economic sectors, needs to be carefully considered when countries review their actions to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. As countries are currently in the process of revising their national climate plans or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement, the integration of water and its interactions with other sectors can be better reflected.

Posted on October 2, 2020

Vanuatu launches solar mini-grid in two communities.

Posted on October 1, 2020

Le processus permettra d’accroitre le niveau d’ambition des engagements nationaux de lutte contre les changements climatiques et d’assurer l’implication effective de tous les acteurs notamment le secteur privé -

Posted on September 30, 2020

Our Climate Promise was made in recognition of findings that found nearly half of the world was planning to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but 71 countries were still undecided on the level of their commitment.

Posted on September 28, 2020

On the remote island of Malekula, a new solar micro-grid is changing the lives of over 2,800 people -- boosting local development while contributing to Vanuatu’s sector-specific target of transitioning to close to 100 percent renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2030.

Posted on September 25, 2020

In continuation of the Regional Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Business Roundtables to sensitise and increase private sector participation, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) NDC Support Programme held the third and fourth in the series for the North-Central and North-East Regions in Keffi and Gombe respectively.

Posted on September 9, 2020

Ghana has launched the revision process of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to strengthen the implementation of national priorities on climate change adaptation and mitigation to achieve low carbon development in the country.

Posted on September 6, 2020

Le comité de pilotage conjoint des projets NAP-GCF, CBIT-FEM et NDC-SP a tenu à Abidjan sa toute première réunion ce mercredi 5 août 2020, en vue d’évaluer le travail réalisé par les responsables en charge de ces trois projets qui s’inscrivent dans le cadre de la lutte contre les changements climatiques en Côte d’Ivoire. A l’unanimité, le bilan est jugé satisfaisant et même très prometteur de part et d’autres.

Posted on September 2, 2020

In partnership with Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and the Government of Uganda, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has facilitated training for Ugandan companies to use a digital tool to discover opportunities to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Uganda’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to address climate change. This initiative was made possible through an innovative partnership with global tech company, Impacti.

Posted on August 28, 2020

Today, the Climate Promise is born in Colombia. The initiative seeks to accelerate the country's contributions towards solving one of the most important issues of our time: climate change.

Posted on August 19, 2020

Hacer un llamado por la naturaleza y el agua, inspiró a Malpaís a lanzar un nuevo tema municipal en contra del cambio climático.

Posted on August 5, 2020

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its heart, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.

Posted on August 2, 2020

The climate action grants will focus on women and youth-led innovative technology solutions with high impacts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contribute to NDC implementation and sustainable development.

Posted on July 28, 2020

A pesar de que es urgente reactivar las economías, los países alrededor del mundo deben coincidir en un enfoque de desarrollo sostenible y equitativo, que ponga soluciones al cambio climático y no deje a nadie atrás.

Posted on July 28, 2020

Zimbabwe recently launched a green jobs assessment to support improvements of the national climate plan or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Posted on July 21, 2020

The webinar series was launched in May 2020 with a focus on the processes under the Paris Agreement for the preparation and submission of new NDCs.

Posted on July 15, 2020

En el marco del proceso de formulación de la Primera Contribución Determinada a Nivel Nacional (NDC) del Ecuador, se identificó la oportunidad de fomentar y apoyar la bioenergía, a través del aprovechamiento energético de los restos y residuos de la materia orgánica o industrial.

Posted on July 8, 2020

Through the NDC Support Programme, in collaboration with the Climate Change Department in the Ministry of Water and Environment and Private Sector Foundation Uganda, these six climate challenge grants were selected from a pool of 325 proposals from registered groups.

Posted on June 16, 2020

Mission 1.5 uses digital gaming technology to mobilize all people for ambitious climate action. With more than 2.7 billion people using gaming, this is an important opportunity for reaching millions of people.

Posted on June 15, 2020

Vanuatu is working towards enhancing the current NDC, including by raising ambition, as part of the Paris Agreement’s NDC update process and, fast-tracking the implementation of NDCs, through in-country technical expertise and capacity building.

Posted on June 8, 2020

With the world at a halt, numerous economic shutdowns, and record unemployment rates due to the COVID-19 crisis, turning to nature seems like the most effective way to support life on earth and human development. Governments are working for people, for planet through UNDP's Climate Promise. This World Environment Day, it's time for nature.

Posted on June 5, 2020

UNDP’s offer to the COVID-19 response is three pronged: We support countries to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the pandemic in a robust manner. In Uganda, UNDP’s support to the government of Uganda includes socio-economic assessments, the provision of digital solutions for business continuity in the public sector, as well as coordination and resource mobilization.

Posted on May 29, 2020

The MoCC worked in partnership with Power-Blox AG (an award-winning Swiss company providing automated and decentralized electricity solutions) and successfully completed the first phase of a feasibility study and pilot project for powering Lelepa Island in Shefa province through swarm technology. Based on this successful first phase and testing of the Solar Flex-Grid technology, a scale-up is currently in progress to electrify all the households on Lelepa Island including providing for income…

Posted on April 23, 2020

The Green Bonds “boot camp” is part of the UNDP NDC Support Programme in Côte d'Ivoire which provides a common understanding of green bonds to key stakeholders to finance the ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28% by 2030.

Posted on April 21, 2020

With billions of people across the globe in lockdown to stem the flow of COVID-19, the world is in the midst of an acute public health crisis and the largest economic shock of a generation.

Posted on April 17, 2020

On Monday, 16th March 2020 the Government of Mali launched the review process of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to address the harmful effects of climate change.

Posted on April 6, 2020

Countries pledged as part of the 2015 Paris Agreement to update their national climate plans (NDCs) every five years. This year is the first test of their intent to strengthen their commitments and reduce emissions enough to limit global temperature rise to 1.5-2 degrees C. This long-term vision cannot happen without setting ambitious climate plans now. [Originally published on wri.org]

Posted on March 12, 2020

Towards meeting the demands of the Paris agreement, the Federal Government has begun review of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).

Posted on March 9, 2020

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), says it is committed to support at least 100 countries to ensure that their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) were more technically robust.

Posted on March 7, 2020

Nigeria is developing a national toolkit to integrate the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) into its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risks Reduction.

Posted on March 4, 2020

UNDP and WRI have developed guidance to help countries think through how to structure their enhanced NDCs across three dimensions: how to strengthen targets to reduce emissions (mitigation), how to enhance climate resilience (adaptation) and how to clearly communicate their actions to build trust and facilitate effective implementation.

Posted on February 21, 2020

When the gavel came down on the Paris Agreement in 2015, governments formally acknowledged that their national climate targets collectively would not meet the goal of limiting warming to 1.5˚C. So they undertook to do the first update of their 2030 targets which are part of a country’s NDC by 2020.

Posted on February 19, 2020

Mission 1.5, launches worldwide on February 13. It will give people a direct way to communicate to their governments the change they want to see.

Posted on February 13, 2020

Morocco decided to launch its energy transition as early as 2009. Today, more than 3,500 MW of renewable energies are installed.

Posted on February 11, 2020

The degradation of nature can lead to gender-based violence including sexual assault, domestic violence and forced prostitution, according to a new IUCN study published today. Competition over increasingly scarce and degraded resources can exacerbate these forms of violence, the review study finds.

Posted on February 10, 2020

L’inclusion de la dimension genre dans la mise en œuvre des NDC en Côte d’Ivoire sonne comme un impératif et doit transparaitre dans un document devant servir de référence.

Posted on December 5, 2019

The NDC Update Report tracks the progress on the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement.

Posted on December 4, 2019

The off-grid island of Lelepa in the Republic of Vanuatu, located in the South Pacific Ocean, has just started trialing a modular energy solution called ‘Power Blox’. Power cubes with a modular design and grid-connectivity, much like blocks of Lego, allow for expansion and growth of the grid over time and at the pace needed by the rural community, while delivering all the other benefits that come with renewable energy, largely through improving livelihoods without damaging the environment.

Posted on December 3, 2019

By keeping a minimum of 60 percent forest cover, Bhutan's forests cancel out a proportion of its emissions. This is done through carbon sequestration, where plants suck up carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Nearly all the NDCs include a target to reduce CO2 emissions by a certain amount over a given time.

Posted on November 20, 2019

A climate-friendly technology supplied by Power-Blox AG, an award-winning Swiss company is providing automated and decentralised electricity solutions to communities in Lelepa Island in Vanuatu.

Posted on November 18, 2019

The Presidential Secretary for Women (SEPREM) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) signed an inter-institutional agreement to facilitate gender mainstreaming in climate action.

Posted on October 24, 2019

An OpEd by Mohamed Yahya, UNDP Resident Representative, on Nigeria's climate action and NDC.

Posted on October 1, 2019

Some of the most climate vulnerable countries in Asia-Pacific are on course to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet targets set out in the Paris Agreement, but the region needs rapid investment in clean renewable energy as a way to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

Posted on September 16, 2019

For climate action to get more traction and be effective, we need a critical mass of Governments and other stakeholders to sign on to the Climate Action Summit’s gender-specific initiative.

Posted on September 11, 2019

Around 4,000 people from all over the region and many other countries participated in the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW 2019) which took place in Climate City, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

Posted on August 26, 2019

Interview with Martin Antony Bristol, Head of the Project Management Office, Ministry of the Presidency, on Guyana's fight against climate change.

Posted on August 20, 2019

Colombia approved an agreement on the action plan for the Intersectoral Climate Change Commission (CICC) for 2019-2020 and establishing the Guide for Formulating and Implementing Comprehensive Sectoral Climate Change Management Plans (PIGCCS).

Posted on August 14, 2019

Trevor Thompson, Acting Chief Land Use Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands of Grenada explains Granada's approach for social inclusion.

Posted on August 14, 2019

In Nigeria, the Investment and Financial Flow (I&FF) methodology will be used to get a better understanding of the investment gap between the current development trends in the 5 sectors without the low carbon measures proposed in the NDC sectoral plan and with the low carbon measures.

Posted on July 22, 2019

Lebanon is assessing SDG linkages as part of the process of updating its climate action plan (NDC) for the Paris Agreement. After testing the SDG tool in the building sector, Lebanon shares first thoughts.

Posted on July 15, 2019

Finance in developing countries is fundamental for creating momentum, but countries continue to face challenges in attracting private sector investment at the scale needed to achieve an economic paradigm shift.

Posted on July 12, 2019

The Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), today launched a new project to support Thailand in making progress on its commitments under the Paris Agreement, the so-called Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs.

Posted on June 29, 2019

The 2019 UN Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB50) wrapped up today after having considered a large number of decisions for adoption at the UN Climate Change Conference in Santiago, Chile at the end of the year (COP25, 2-13 December).

Posted on June 27, 2019

A new approach is needed to drastically increase ambition which looks at a country’s economic system as a whole and its broad socio-economic development strategies to meet the future needs of their societies.

Posted on June 27, 2019

Amidst growing calls for stronger and faster climate action, the upcoming Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 (LACCW) is set to boost the region’s response to the current climate emergency.

Posted on June 24, 2019

Ecuador is at the forefront of delivering climate action, and in the frontlines of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) design.

Posted on June 19, 2019

Key messages from the Global NDC Conference which took place in Berlin from June 12-14, 2019.

Posted on June 17, 2019

Ministers from the world’s largest and most powerful nations will convene later this week in Nagano, Japan for the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth.

Posted on June 13, 2019

The Programme in Côte d’Ivoire sponsored the 2019 African Forum on Sustainable Cities (Forum Africain des Villes Durables -FORAVID) in Abidjan where it took the stage to present how the programme will support local climate action.

Posted on May 29, 2019

With rapidly growing economies and the ambition to become ‘a global powerhouse’ – as outlined in Africa’s Agenda 2063 – the need to grow sustainable economies while building resilience to the inevitable impacts of climate change has never been so pronounced.

Posted on May 17, 2019

Ghana is the first country that has completed a gender analysis for the implementation of the NDCs. This blog shares the findings and lessons learned from the gender analysis and also offers recommendations as for what the country should take into consideration in terms of integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment considerations for climate action.

Posted on April 23, 2019

While climate change threatens livelihoods and security across the board, the different roles and responsibilities of women and men means there are gendered differences in the impacts of and the responses to climate change adaptation and mitigation actions. This blog explains why a gender analysis is an important first step for countries to build inclusive national climate action.

Posted on April 20, 2019

he Ministry of Climate Change and Natural Disaster (MCCND) has launched Vanuatu’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Implementation Roadmap and Vanuatu’s Integrated, Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Tool.

Posted on April 16, 2019

This blog explores the importance of integrated data tracking for meeting climate targets, providing the country example of Vanuatu.

Posted on April 9, 2019

Private sector investors from various industries pledged to support Ghana to implement the 31 climate actions contained in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), developed in line with the Paris Agreement.

Posted on March 28, 2019

The 2019 Circularity Gap report warns the rate of raw material extraction at 92 billion tonnes per year is already exceeding planetary boundaries, and that due to population and economic growth this figure could swell to a staggering 184 billion tonnes per year by 2050.

Posted on March 25, 2019

While countries across the African continent are working fiercely to address climate change, access to climate finance at scale remains one of the biggest challenges. This blog identifies the key barriers at the same time explores options on how countries can overcome hurdles to climate finance.

Posted on March 18, 2019

The blog outlines how Ghana will fund development projects through a carbon finance mechanism that is a central feature of a new clean energy programme.

Posted on February 25, 2019

Resilience scholars and practitioners have long grappled with the issue of how to plan for uncertainty and achieve positive futures for sustainable development. Here are five key insights we can learn from the resilience approach:

Posted on February 14, 2019

2019 has clearly emerged as a critical year – perhaps an inflection point – as climate change has become “the defining issue of our time”, as the UN Secretary General António Guterres has said. A series of Regional Climate Weeks will kick-start converstations for the Summit in Africa, Latin Amercia and Asia Pacific.

Posted on February 4, 2019

What role can regions and municipalities play in meeting a country’s climate commitments? This question was put on the table in a recent meeting on subnational climate action in Côte d’Ivoire, which had been co-organized by the UNDP NDC Support Programme, the NDC Partnership and the Assembly of Regions and District of Cote d’Ivoire (ARDCI).

Posted on January 23, 2019

Just days before being selected as the host for the next UN climate talks (COP25), Chile introduced policy makers to its successful carbon footprint platform (“HuellaChile”) and, together with Peru and Costa Rica, set the stage for a new regional alliance on voluntary emission reporting and offset.

Posted on January 14, 2019

One of the greatest challenges of an investor is that of information and comparison among investment opportunities. A new training programme for the public and private sector which was recently launched in Ghana, tries to remedy this situation.

Posted on January 7, 2019

This article provides practical advice for stakeholders involved in designing and implementing robust and integrated national MRV systems for NDCs in developing countries, describing the differences between developing NDC related MRV systems bottom-up and top-down, as well as how to link both approaches and develop a “linked MRV system”.

Posted on December 26, 2018

The event featured special guests from the carbon neutrality schemes of Costa Rica (one of the oldest programmes in Latin America), Peru (in an implementation phase) and Climate Neutral Now.

Posted on December 20, 2018

As part of the initial activities of the in-depth gender analysis that Kenya is conducting with the support of UNDP NDC Support Programme, an inception workshop was held to agree on a workplan and methodology for the analysis.

Posted on December 19, 2018

As countries develop their climate change planning instruments in relation to their NDCs, there are opportunities to integrate gender equality considerations within these processes to enhance development outcomes and promote inclusive NDC implementation.

Posted on December 19, 2018

Through Article 6, private sector actors and investors have the opportunity to engage at the international level, either through cooperative approaches.

Posted on December 19, 2018

UNDP co-organized an event on “Improving governance frameworks for climate transparency and unlocking ambition across all levels” (COP24) in Katowice.

Posted on December 17, 2018

As climate negotiators, experts and activists are gathering in Katowice, Poland, for the international climate talks, much of the focus will be on immediate issues.

Posted on December 13, 2018

We talked with Hartley Walimwipi, the project manager for UNDP’s NDC Support Programme, about Zambia’s experience with institutional capacity building and integrated climate and development planning.

Posted on December 13, 2018

As the high-level segment of the climate change negotiations at COP-24 launches in Katowice, Poland, the juxtaposition between the priorities and capacities of high and low greenhouse emitting nations is on full display.

Posted on December 12, 2018

How can one systematically think about the role of policy in reducing risks for investments into infrastructure for off-grid electrification, given the highly context-specific nature of the problem? In UNDP’s new report in collaboration with ETH Zurich, we provide a derisking framework for electrification investments to help answer this question.

Posted on December 7, 2018

Much attention has lately been put on Green Bonds and how these instruments can contribute to relieving the daunting financing challenges we face regarding the funding of national climate commitments, which lie at the core of the Paris Agreement.

Posted on December 7, 2018

We talked with Viet Nam, one of the most vulnerable countries, to learn about their efforts to upgrade the NDC with links to co-benefits and sustainable development.

Posted on December 4, 2018

Chile is carrying out a first update of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, with completion scheduled for 2020. Chile’s update comes as a result of the progress made in international climate negotiations and its own national climate agenda, which bring a number of challenges.

Posted on December 4, 2018

One year after Syria decided to join the Paris Climate Agreement, the country has established its climate commitments and is ready to join the Paris Agreement.

Posted on November 30, 2018

A brief explainer on the Paris Agreement and what's at stake at the upcoming climate negotiations COP24.

Posted on November 30, 2018

UNDP's Regional Eurasia Lead on Climate Change and Resilience discusses progress on climate action ahead of COP24.

Posted on November 28, 2018

A Farmer in Zambia's Kalomo district describes his experience with conservation agriculture as an alternative farming approach and tool to adapt to climate change.

Posted on November 26, 2018

Despite unconditional pledges made by governments in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, global temperatures are likely to rise between 2.5 and 2.8°C above pre-industrial levels. This substantive gap requires a significant increase in climate ambitions that are linked to the on-the-ground deployment of climate actions.

Posted on November 23, 2018

Côte d'Ivoire recently embarked on developing a partnership plan with the NDC Partnership and validated the NDC Support Programme work activities.

Posted on November 22, 2018

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called for concerted efforts to consider the special needs, concerns, knowledge and experiences of both male and female in climate change adaptation and mitigation planning, and implementation.

Posted on October 31, 2018

Climate Change is the defining challenge of our time. The current and projected impacts of climate change are already changing the lives of entire populations and threatening to reverse human…

Posted on October 8, 2018

Key takeways from a webinar on green bonds held by UNDP, Carbon Partners Asiatica, Climate Mundial and Natural Eco Capital.

Posted on September 16, 2018

“We have seen the world’s average surface temperature rise 0.6 to 0.9 degrees Celsius in the century leading up to 2005, and we know they will rise further...

Posted on September 11, 2018

Reducing methane emissions from gas flaring with power generation facilities that generate electricity from associated gas.

Posted on September 9, 2018

"Facing the need for urgent action on climate change without proper financing is like entering a class 5 hurricane with an umbrella," said Gianluca Merlo, regional technical adviser for Latin America from UNDP’s NDC Support Program.

Posted on August 21, 2018

Turning pledges to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change into real action poses a complex and daunting challenge. The challenges become even more pronounced once the discussion moves into the logistical nature of planning and implementing these actions.

Posted on July 17, 2018

According to an independent climate tracker, current climate pledges are insufficient to keep global temperature below a projected 2ºC increase. While limiting carbon emissions is a top priority,…

Posted on July 17, 2018

Read what we have learned - 86 percent of UNDP’s portfolio of GEF and GCF financed projects under implementation are mainstreaming gender and advancing gender equality.

Posted on July 16, 2018

Lagos, Nigeria - July 11, 2018. Representatives from Nigeria’s Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA), the private sector, non-governmental organizations and academia met to validate the project document for the NDC Support Programme.

Posted on July 12, 2018

A global gathering of governments, non-state actors and development partners rallies countries to reflect on low-carbon development trajectories for future generations.

Posted on July 10, 2018

The ambitious objective of the Paris Agreement requires that countries think bigger and longer-term than what five-year NDC cycles might imply. To do so, countries may find it useful to step back from individual NDCs and envision where they want to be in terms of sustainable development in the long term – for example, in 2050.

Posted on July 9, 2018

The Government of Lao PDR and UNDP are working together to find solutions for provision of electricity to off-grid communities.

Posted on July 3, 2018

UNDP Climate Finance Expert Susanne Olbrisch shares her experience and recommendations for other countries.

Posted on June 21, 2018

Technical Advisor Alexandra Soezer writes about her understanding of transformational development in the context of a rural electrification initiative in Lao PDR.

Posted on May 31, 2018

With UNDP support and GCF finance, Uruguay works toward sustainable cities, increasing integration, adaptation, and resilience to climate change.

Posted on May 31, 2018

In the beginning of May, we joined the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines' Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion on a field mission to Khammouane province. The goal of the trip was to assess the possibilities for providing electric power to a few rural communities.

Posted on May 18, 2018

As climate change continues to exacerbate the impact of natural hazards, the importance of valuable and contextually appropriate risk information cannot be overstated. According to Swiss Re’s…

Posted on May 11, 2018

The Arab region is experiencing one of the most dramatic periods of change in its history - with an escalation of conflict, a dramatic rise in poverty, and the emergence of more than 20 million…

Posted on May 3, 2018

New York, 26 April- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and impact investment platform TRINE announced their first ever partnership in the off-grid solar industry.

Posted on April 27, 2018

The Pacific is home to small island countries that are already experiencing the devastating effects of climate change, including rising sea levels and an increase in natural disasters.

Posted on April 18, 2018

Our final destination is clear: we want a world without hunger, a world without inequalities, and a world without fear.

Posted on April 9, 2018

Much of Kenya’s work has been bolstered by the UNDP’s NDC Support Programme, which takes the approach of embedding itself within national systems rather than seeking to direct them from outside. UNDP’s work, in turn is being supported by the “Paris Climate Bond” concept from ClimateMundial.

Posted on April 6, 2018

Many of the investments needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda are made at the subnational level, especially by cities.

Posted on February 20, 2018

The Olympics offers us a time of hope, a time for mutual understanding, a time for goodwill and peace. But as all eyes turn toward Pyeong Chang for the 23rd Winter Olympic Games, rising temperatures,…

Posted on February 14, 2018

By 2050 two out of every three people are likely to live in cities with continued growth in urbanization across the world, especially Africa, and with 40% of that growth likely to take place in slums.

Posted on February 12, 2018

In October 2016, the New Urban Agenda was unanimously adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), serving as a new vision for our cities and…

Posted on February 7, 2018

Sustainable and resilient development can best be achieved through an integrated approach that builds on the synergies of actions on climate, development and resilience.

Posted on November 23, 2017

The UN Development Programme, together with the Governments of Germany and Spain, and the European Commission, today launched a new programme to support countries in making progress on their commitments under the Paris Agreement, the so-called Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs.

Posted on November 16, 2017

As more than 40 African countries recently met at the Africa NDC Dialogue in Rabat to discuss the implementation of the climate targets and goals set for the Paris Agreement, it became clear how much countries had advanced on setting in motion the transition towards low carbon economies. Discussions quickly dived into the hairier issues of rolling out national climate targets on the country level, engaging new groups of stakeholders, and creating the right architecture to financing, implementing…

Posted on November 4, 2017

Mobilizing finance for the implementation of national climate plans (NDCs) remains one of the most challenging issues as countries grabble with turning their intentions into actions. Getting a grasp on the domestic financial landscape and expenditures related to climate action is thereby a critical step in order to clarify the national base scenario and engage critical players (like finance or planning ministries). Thanks to some existing climate finance assessment tools, however, some countries…

Posted on November 2, 2017

The Chilean government announced in mid-September that it will issue official recognition for all public and private institutions who registered on its new Carbon Footprint Platform “HuellaChile”.

Posted on September 28, 2017

Circular economy strategies aim to promote the transformation of countries towards resource efficient societies. This requires a behavioral change of policy makers, large corporations and the civil society, each of us.

Posted on September 21, 2017

Ghana recently introduced a corporate emissions reporting programme to better capture emissions from the electricity sector. The programme, which was led by Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Energy Commission (EC) and developed with UNDP LECB’s support, trained mining and electricity production companies on carbon accounting techniques.

Posted on September 7, 2017

For the last three years, UNDP – in coordination with the UNFCCC Secretariat and partners – has been regularly convening countries to advance progress for the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Over 150 countries have benefitted from three global workshops and 14 regional dialogues since 2014. In the lead-up to the Paris negotiations, these dialogues and workshops contributed to countries successfully submitting their climate plans, or intended Nationally Determined Contributions (iNDCs), which…

Posted on August 28, 2017

ClimaSouth's latest E-Handbook delineates Lebanon's Climate Act and its goals for economic growth and crosssector collaboration. The handbook was developed with contributions from UNDP and is part of a series produced to enhance strategic climate planning in the South Mediterranean region.

Posted on August 17, 2017

This joint UNDP and Asia Development Bank (ADB) report ‘Initial Assessment of Sri Lanka’s Power Sector – Electricity Generation through 100 % Renewable Energy’ includes a step-wise approach for the assessment of the 100% renewable electricity generation target, the composition of renewable energy generation and the costs associated with the target.

Posted on August 12, 2017

Trinidad recently completed an Implementation Plan for its National Climate Plan (NDC). The climate targets strive for a 15% emission reduction below BAU by 2030 in the country’s three highest emitting sectors, including an unconditional reduction in public transportation emissions by 30% by 2030.

Posted on August 8, 2017

Led by the Ministry of Local Affairs, Tunisia launched a national consultation process for the preparation of an NDC implementation roadmap on 04 and 05 July 2017 with the support of the United Nations Development Program.

Posted on August 3, 2017

NDC Partnership member governments are in the process of mapping their technical support needs and identifying opportunities to enact national climate targets or NDCs. In June, three governments hosted strategic dialogues on NDC climate goals with the assistance of the NDC Partnership -- Costa Rica (13-14 June), Uganda (20 June), and Vietnam (28 June).

Posted on July 21, 2017

The webinar sought to raise awareness among project developers and the private sector on how crowd-investing and crowd-funding platforms can catalyse finance for the implementation of climate change mitigation projects in the Caribbean and Latin America region.

Posted on July 13, 2017

HE President Michelle Bachelet together with Chile's Minister of the Environment Marcelo Mena and six ministers from various sectors presented the country with the new National Action Plan for Climate Change 2017-2022, a road map that integrates and systematizes future climate actions for the country.

Posted on July 13, 2017

The National Environment Commission (NEC) and UNDP hosted a series of one-day “write shops” in May. Key stakeholders were invited to provide final technical comments on a suite of climate strategies that will now be signed off by senior Ministry officials. Stakeholders included government officials from planning, transport, industry and environment, as well as private sector representatives.

Posted on July 11, 2017

Addressing climate change by improving resource efficiency is an imperative. Emissions embodied in international trade represent over 30 per cent of the greenhouse gas footprint of countries. Yet, in practice, they are often separate objectives. Consequently, approaches under the Paris Agreement to shift our world economy to a 2⁰C, or even 1.5⁰C pathway, risk overlooking the major mitigation potential of reducing our resource and waste footprint.

Posted on May 29, 2017

The government of Vanuatu kicked-off new project activities to advance the implementation of its national climate plan or NDC,which aims at transitioning to close to 100% renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2030.

Posted on May 26, 2017

More than 250 participants from 80 countries and several international organizations shared their perspectives and experiences in the areas of integrated governance; financing, and transparency for delivering climate goals.

Posted on May 26, 2017

The government of Lao PDR has initiated first steps to implement a Rural Electrification NAMA which proposes to construct a small grid-connected hydroplant in one of Laos' largest conservation areas. The project, which builds on achievements from Laos’ INDC and NAMA design supported by UNDP, will further enhance access to energy and contribute to poverty alleviation by improving energy-dependent income generation opportunities.

Posted on May 26, 2017

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), with funding support from the NAMA Facility, is structuring an Improved Institutional Cook Stove (IICS) Programme in Uganda.

Posted on May 21, 2017

The government of Germany, UNDP, together with the UNFCCC, organized a side event on “Gender Equality in National Climate Action: Planning for Gender-responsive NDCs” oat the climate change negotiations in Bonn on May 12th. The governments of the Philippines, Kenya and Chile participated and shared their experiences.

Posted on May 16, 2017

The Government of Argentina has engaged in a country-wide consultation process to harmonize its national climate targets with sectoral and subnational mitigation measures. This top-down and bottom-up process has led to a more ambitious NDC with strong buy-in by key stakeholders on all levels.

Posted on May 16, 2017

The Global NDC Conference in Berlin (May 2-5), which was hosted by Germany’s Environment Ministry (BMUB), set another milestone in terms of collective action, partnerships and identification of key support areas for NDC implementation.

Posted on May 8, 2017

Following the Global NDC Conference in Berlin, a special session which was co-chaired by UNDP, was devoted to convene all stakeholders for the new IKI NDC Support Cluster.

Posted on May 8, 2017

The Global NDC Conference 2017 is jointly organized by the GIZ Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA), the UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme, and the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) in collaboration with the NDC Partnership.

Posted on April 7, 2017

The new data portal allows comparison across sectors under different scenarios: historical; the Paris Agreement’s emission reduction pledges; the CAT’s “current policy projection” scenario, “best-practice” examples, and the presently available 2°C pathways.

Posted on April 7, 2017

After presenting its national climate plan (I/NDC) ahead of the Paris Climate Summit in 2015, Paraguay embarked on an ambitious journey to identify measures to achieve its targets for emission reduction and adaptation while ensuring synergies with its development goals.

Posted on April 3, 2017

A group of governments, international organizations and non-state actors joined forces through a new global partnership last year to catalyze the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and related climate commitments (NDCs) at the country level. The NDC Partnership, which is currently co-chaired by Germany and Morocco, will help countries with the challenging task of transitioning to a green economy pathway that is closely aligned with their respective development priorities.

Posted on April 3, 2017

After presenting its NDC ahead of the Paris Climate Summit in 2015, Paraguay embarked on an ambitious journey to identify measures to achieve its targets for emission reduction and adaptation while ensuring synergies with its development goals.

Posted on March 15, 2017

Uganda’s Green School NAMA, which supports the uptake of improved institutional cook stoves in Ugandan schools, is among 7 NAMAs that were granted conditional approval of financing for the detailed design of a NAMA by the NAMA Facility.

Posted on March 10, 2017

UNDP and its Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme was invited to present its climate policy insights at the annual Austrian Climate Change Workshop on March 30-31 in Vienna. The Workshop discussions focused on climate policy, scaling up climate finance, and city-wide initiatives.

Posted on March 7, 2017

Mexico's chemical industry is projecting a yearly growth of 3.9% over the long-term, implying that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will grow from 20.82 MtCO2e in 2014 to 81.82 MtCO2e in 2050 if mitigation actions are not undertaken.

Posted on March 3, 2017

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