The article was originally published in French at Afrique Green Side.

As part of the fight against climate change, Côte d'Ivoire has just embarked on developing a partnership plan with the NDC Partnership. This is the result of the workshop of reflection on the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of the Côte d'Ivoire, initiated by the national program of fight against climate change and the management of the fight against climate change, on 19 and 21 November 2018 at the headquarters of the General Confederation of Enterprises of Côte d'Ivoire (CGECI) in Abidjan-Plateau.

Côte d'Ivoire, a signatory to the Paris Agreement, has made a commitment to climate objectives, to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28% by 2030. The objective of the meeting was therefore to develop the partnership plan between Côte d'Ivoire and the NDC Partnership, which is a coalition of countries and institutions that have joined forces to help each other with the implementation of the various Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This partnership plan will show all the initiatives that are being implemented in Côte d'Ivoire, and more importantly, to create a inventory of the needs of actors in various sectors, ministries, communities, civil society, and the private sector involved in climate action. It is indeed a matrix of activities that will provide an overview or details on what is done. It will first of all, take into account all the actions projects that are underway in the Côte d'Ivoire in terms of project implementation with the different technical and financial partners, but also allow to guide, in a coordinated way, upcoming support.

As part of this process, a number of technical and financial partners actively participated in this workshop. These include the French Development Agency (AFD), represented by climate expert Julie Gonnet, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) represented by climate change specialist Catherine Diam-Valla, the NDC Partnership itself with Nathan Mesnildrey; not to mention the German Cooperation and many others. According to Mr. Zakpa Frédéric, Deputy Director of the Climate Change in Côte d'Ivoire, and focal point of the NDC Partnership, "another objective of this meeting is to introduce the sectoral initiatives to the technical and financial partners". "All that is to show the actors that there are resources available," he said, "It is necessary that the actors identify all the priorities to see to what extent we will be able to put these priorities into specific actions, activities as well as clear indicators ".

During the workshop discussions, participants listed four national priorities for which they need support to achieve the climate goals by 2030. These comprise: institutional framework and climate governance, the MRV (Monitoring-Reporting-Verification) System, access to climate finance, as well as capacity building and communication. For Mr. Zakpa and his collaborators, this partnership plan helps create a synergy and especially order in what is currently done on the spot. Because, he argues, "there are many actions that are carried out, but there are some for which we do not receive good visibility". In addition to the main objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 28% by 2030, the partnership plan between Côte d'Ivoire and the NDC Partnership should eventually also allow the strengthening of the population’s resilience in the face of climate change.

Following stakeholder consultations that began in April 2018, the work programme under UNDP’s NDC Support Program, which is contributing 830 million CFA francs, was also validated during this workshop. The project will support the Côte d'Ivoire through 5 components:

1. Integration of climate change into national and sectoral planning for optimal implementation of NDC
2. Strengthening the technical capacities of sectoral ministries and local authorities for the implementation of NDC
3. Assessment of the state of implementation to enhance the ambition of the NDC of Côte d'Ivoire
4. Improved tool set for private sector engagement in the implementation of NDCs
5. Communication around NDC activities for better public awareness

The NDC Support Program in Côte d'Ivoire is funded by Germany (BMU and BMZ) and the European Union and will be implemented by UNDP and the National Program to Combat Climate Change.

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