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.

More than 250 public and private participants from 80+ countries and numerous international organizations, enthusiastically engaged to discuss progress in the following three key priority areas:

  • Integrated governance (led by UNDP)
  • Climate Finance (led by LEDS GP), and
  • Transparency (led by GIZ) 

UNDP also led 5 breakout sessions on the integration of mitigation, adaptation and development priorities, building blocks for NDC implementation plans, investment strategiesnational climate funds, and national budgets, and supported two breakout sessions on transparency.

Photo: Global NDC Conference 2017 © ODI / Reinaldo Coddou H.

Key Messages

Integrated Governance

For climate actions to result in tangible development benefits, countries need to reconfigure their governance systems to foster an inclusive, integrated approach to low carbon development.

  • High-level leadership is vital for fostering multi-sectoral and multi-level processes that include climate mitigation and adaptation actions for sustainable development.

  • Strong leadership and stakeholder management capabilities are required to lead a society wide transformation process. This includes the engagement of new actors, and the expansion of roles and responsibilities for NDC implementation.

  • Sectoral approaches are key to NDC implementation. Long-term planning helps break down climate targets into short- and mid-term priorities.


Attracting investment in support of NDC ambitions is a multidimensional challenge in which the public sector plays a key role through policy, regulatory and financial incentives and engineering which enable public and private investment in low-carbon infrastructure and climate and resilient development.

  • NDCs need to be translated into investment opportunities and project pipelines developed and expanded to increase visibility and profile of options to attract finance.

  • There is no single formula for attracting finance within the variety of capital and investors with differing needs to be understood and appropriate financial instruments and risk-reduction or sharing tools applied, in each specific investment context.

  • Break up silos: cooperation, continued engagement and a joint-understanding of opportunities between key actors in the climate and finance communities is crucial to accelerate investment in NDC goals.

  • An improved understanding is needed of how effective public budgeting for climate change actions can support the mobilization of investment at scale; sensitize finance, planning and trade ministries; and pave the way for the integration of NDCs into national and sub national planning.


The enhanced transparency framework is the backbone of the Paris Agreement. It builds trust, enables tracking of NDC implementation and informs the global stock take on reaching the long-term goal.

  • A data and transparency system is paramount for the national coordination of NDC implementation and further supports communicating the work to different stakeholders.

  • Transparency works two ways: Reporting and review not only serve accountability but also inform processes for formulating national policies and setting sectoral targets.

  • Trust is crucial. Transparency is a powerful mechanism for learning and driving individual and collective ambition.

Download a copy of the Key Messages and other materials on the Conference website here >

The NDC Conference was jointly organized by the GIZ and UNDP (on behalf of the “IKI NDC Support Cluster”) and the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) in collaboration with the NDC Partnership.

Find the Key Take Aways and the final Conference Report on the conference website.