Our Origins

Since 2008, UNDP has supported 140+ countries to access over $3.2 billion in grant finance, covering adaptation, mitigation, forests and others, contributing to NDC priority actions. The NDC Support Programme builds on UNDP’s substantial climate portfolio, especially the important foundations that 38 countries laid through the UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme, as well as through the MDG Carbon and the Latin America Climate Change Programmes.  Together, these programmes pool a wealth of experience in the areas of mitigation, adaptation, carbon finance, and monitoring and reporting.


Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme (2011 - 2018)

The LECB Programme, which is the primary forerunner of the NDC Support Programme, helped countries create important enabling conditions for transitioning their economies to a low emission pathway – and thus define their targets for the Paris Agreement.  With targeted advisory support services, countries conducted mitigation assessments, prepared strategies and plans, built monitoring systems and strengthened multi-sectoral institutional collaboration. While this work initially focused on public and private sector mitigation actions, finance and transparency, the programme expanded in 2015 to include the development of (Intended) Nationally Determined Contributions (I/NDCs).

The Programme was funded with the generous support of the European Union, the German Environment Ministry (BMU), and the Government of Australia. Read more here >


MDG Carbon Programme (2007 – 2016)

MDG Carbon promoted carbon finance solutions at scale in under-represented developing countries and sectors with the goal to drive sustainable development outcomes. The project embraced three objectives: (1) Capacity building for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and scaled-up mitigation approaches, (2) Highly-sustainable CDM project pipelines, and (3) Technical assistance to pilot sector-wide approaches and Standardized Baselines. The programme was funded with the generous support of the Government of Australia. Read more here >


Investment & Financial Flows (2008-2012)

The IF&F initiative "Capacity Development for Policy Makers to Address Climate Change" supported by UNDP, the UN Foundation, and the Governments of Norway, Finland and Switzerland.

The objective of the project was to better understand the magnitude of funds needed to tackle climate change now and in the long term by helping developing countries undertake assessments of investment and financial flows (I&FF). Read more here>

Spanish Latin America Climate Change Programme (2008 -2016)

This Programme supported countries focused on integrating adaptation and mitigation into the national development agenda, governance structures, domestic climate finance, and long-term climate investment including market-based mechanisms. The programme was primarily funded by the Government of Spain (AECID). Read more here >