Focal area

The Programme encourages countries to strategically use their NDCs as a tool for realizing zero-carbon and climate-resilient development that is sustainable and fully inclusive. Countries are choosing from the following areas of support:

Leadership and Policy Advocacy

Many governments used a broad consultative process as a mechanism for elevating the issue of climate change to the highest political levels during the design of their climate commitments. Strong leadership is now required to leverage support for NDC implementation at scale and to maximize contribution to the country’s development objectives.

Climate Finance and NDC Investment

The transformational impact of NDC implementation requires enormous new investment as well as shifts in existing finance flows to create a long-term, stable investment environment. De-risking frameworks are needed for market-transformative initiatives and the business case must be demonstrated for zero-carbon, climate-resilient investments.

NDC Planning and Implementation

While climate targets provide the national collective vision for climate-informed development, many countries have not yet assessed how to disaggregate national targets to sectoral level to deliver on their mitigation ambitions. Countries need to define achievable, sectoral climate targets and a long-term vision (long-term strategy) for reducing GHG emissions in line with respective development objectives.

Integrated Governance

The cross-cutting nature of climate change, development and NDC implementation requires an integrated, systemic response and thus inclusion of a broad range of stakeholders.  Robust institutional frameworks are required to drive a whole-of-government approach to implement, track and report progress towards the climate change and sustainable development targets.


Countries need support to strengthen their MRV capacity and national data-sharing mechanisms to better analyse and communicate progress against NDC targets and mitigation actions, including NAMAs and LEDS, in a systematic and efficient manner. Improved systems can also support improved tracking of SDG targets and inform policy planning. 

Progressive Platforms Project

The Progressive Platforms Project supports developing countries to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and transition to low-carbon resilient economies, and build their capacity to effectively participate in UNFCCC meetings and other related bodies.


The Programme helps governments devise gender-responsive planning and implementation of the NDC measures. This includes policies and institutional frameworks, financing and tracking of NDC implementation.