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

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.

Switzerland and Ghana sign historic agreement for Climate Action

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.

Zimbabwe Validates the Climate Change Gender Action Plan

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).

Le PNUD appuie la tenue des concertations pour une révision participative et inclusive de la CDN

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.

World Water Event calls attention to the importance of integrating water into national climate plans

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.

Vanuatu launches solar micro-grid for Wintua and Lorlow communities

Vanuatu launches solar mini-grid in two communities.

Le Togo lance le processus de révision de ses CDN au titre de l’Accord de Paris

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 -

Vanuatu launches country’s first-ever community-run solar station

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.

Nigeria - UNDP takes NDC Business roundtable to North Central and North-East

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.

Ghana commits to implementing its ambitious climate actions by launching a revision process

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.

Cote d'Ivoire - Lutte Contre les Changements Climatiques

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.

Uganda's Use of Digital Innovation to Boost Public-Private Partnership on Sustainable Development

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.

The launch of the Climate Promise in Colombia: An opportunity to win the most important race of our lives

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.

Malpaís lanza canción contra el cambio climático

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

Caribbean Virtual Exchange Series: Linking Sustainable Development and NDCs

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.

Zimbabwe Assesses Potential for Green Job Creation and Just Transition

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

Caribbean Virtual Exchange Series Shares Advice on NDCs

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.

Mesa de bioenergía coordina esfuerzos para promover el aprovechamiento de residuos y reducir emisiones

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.

Game On! New Mission 1.5 mobile game mobilizes people for climate action

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.

Vanuatu’s Actions to Mitigate Climate Change

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.

Vanuatu’s Actions to Mitigate Climate Change

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 generating activities.

Cote d’Ivoire looks to green bonds to finance its NDC

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.

Mali launches its Nationally Determined Contribution review process to tackle climate change

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.

4 Nations Are the First to Submit Stronger Climate Plans (NDCs). Who’s Next?

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]

Nigeria charts roadmap for NDC revision, implementation

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

UNDP to support 100 countries to enhance NDCs for climate change

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.

Countries with submitted or proposed NDC updates

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.

Mission 1.5: A game-changer

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.

Engaging the private sector in a low carbon transition: Lessons from Morocco

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

Environmental degradation driving gender-based violence - IUCN study

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.

CLIMAT : La Côte d’Ivoire se dote d’une stratégie genre et changements climatiques

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.

Powered Paradise: Testing innovative energy solutions in Vanuatu

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.

Guatemala Signs Agreement for Inter-Institutional Cooperation on Gender-Responsive NDCs and Climate Action

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.

Latin American & Caribbean Climate Week Calls for Urgent, Ambitious Action

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.

Colombia's Inter-sectoral Commission on Climate Change approves 2019-2020 Action Plan

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).

Nigeria Assesses Climate Finance Flows for NDC

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.

Delivering Sustainability through Climate Finance Actions in Thailand

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.

Bonn Climate Conference Ends with UN Call to Fully Deliver on Paris Agreement Mandates

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).

Latin America & Caribbean Climate Week Set to Boost Climate Ambition

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.

Cote d'Ivoire FORAVID 2019: NDC support programme Proposes Climate Planning as a Solution for Sustainable Cities

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.

Vanuatu’s Progress to Mitigate Climate Change

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.

Private Sector Investment High in Ghana’s Climate Agenda

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.

Huella Chile: joining forces with Climate Neutral Now, Perú and Costa Rica

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.

COP24: Improving governance frameworks for climate transparency

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

NDC Helpdesk: Chile prepares its first NDC update

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.

Cote d'Ivoire develops NDC Partnership Plan and validates NDC Support Programme Activities

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

UNDP joins call for climate action by UN Secretary-General António Guterres

“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...

Ecuador's Gas Flaring Project Among Finlists for California Summit Innovation Award

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

Nigeria validates NDC workplan

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.

Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week Set to Galvanize Regional Climate Action

The full agenda has been released for the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2018 (LACCW2018), which is being convened from 20–23 August in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Countries gather to discuss Long-Term Strategies for Tackling Climate Change and Development

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

New GCF Uruguay project to boost resilience of cities and reach targets for Paris Agreement

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

UNDP and TRINE partner to scale-up private investment in high-impact energy projects

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.

Innovate4Climate 2018 - Kenya introduces Private-Public Climate Change Fund

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.

New EUR 42 Million Programme Launched to Advance Paris Agreement

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.

Chile Offers Official GHG Certification through Carbon Footprint Platform

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”.

Tunisia Kicks Off Preparation of an NDC Roadmap

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.

NDC Partnership Engagement in Costa Rica, Uganda and Vietnam

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).

Launch of NDCs and Gender Equality Initiative

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.

Global NDC Conference 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.

IKI NDC Support Cluster Launch

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.

New NDC Partnership to Raise Speed, Ambition and Efficiency

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.

Paraguay Unpacks NDC Targets to Foster Alignment with Development Goals

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.

UNDP Presents at Austrian Climate Change Workshop

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.