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Project Funding

US $ 802,500

Start Date

March 2018

End Date

March 2021

Government Implementing Partner(s)

Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development


The objective of Colombia’s NDC is to move the country toward a low-carbon economy and carbon neutrality. It also seeks to increase Colombia’s resilience as a country highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Unconditional NDC: 20% reduction from business-as-usual (BAU) by 2030

Conditional NDC: 30% reduction from BAU by 2030

Mitigation Sectors
Agriculture, land use, forestry, energy, industrial processes, and waste

Adaptation Sectors
Agriculture, education, energy, environment, health, tourism, transport, urban, and water


Colombia is primarily using its NDC revision as an opportunity to review and update data and information, including mitigation scenarios (increased ambition will depend on the outcome of this review). The country is also assessing sub-sectors and opportunities for accelerating measures from territorial climate plans.

The NDC Support Programme is directly contributing by:

  • Developing a roadmap for the NDC update process;
  • Supporting ministries in formulating sectoral plans that prioritize mitigation actions;
  • Providing technical support in updating reference scenarios of actions identified in sectoral plans; and
  • Strengthening capacities of sectoral line ministries to mainstream gender.

The work is part of UNDP’s broader corporate initiative, the Climate Promise, which supports over 110 countries to enhance their NDCs. Through the Climate Promise, UNDP is also supporting Colombia to engage sub-national governments and strengthen the participation of women and youth in the NDC revision process; reflect sub-national efforts in the revised NDC; and embed NDC targets into sub-national and sectoral plans and the long-term strategy.


Institutional Capacity and Enabling Environment

• Develop enabling policy and regulatory measures and strengthen institutional capacities to meet the goals of Colombia’s NDC; and
• Facilitate the systematic incorporation of a cross-cutting gender approach in the NDC and National Climate Change System.

Implementation Plans for NDC Mitigation Component

• Support the formulation and approval of gender-responsive, sectoral climate change management plans by five ministries (Commerce, Industry and Tourism; Mining and Energy; Transportation; Housing, City and Territory; and Agriculture and Rural Development) to achieve Colombia’s NDC.

Long-term Climate Strategy – “2050 Strategy”

• Develop a roadmap for the construction and approval of a gender-responsive 2050 Strategy for climate change management; and
• Prepare a technical study and gender inputs that contribute to Colombia’s 2050 Strategy.

Private Sector Engagement

• Facilitate quantitative commitments from the private sector (unions and companies) to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, monitored through a voluntary corporate reporting platform and linked to the national registry of emission reduction (RENARE).


The Programme links closely with other UN initiatives such as the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), UN-REDD, National Communications/Biennial Update Reports support, and the UNDP/FAO program on adaptation in the agriculture sector. Other links include connections to key projects implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on NDC accounting, information matters, and NDC implementation support; Fondo Acción on sub-national mitigation efforts; and the World Resources Institute (WRI) on measurement and performance tracking. Colombia is also a member of the NDC Partnership.


José Francisco Charry Ruiz
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development


Jimena Puyana and Diego Olarte
UNDP Country Office | Colombia;

Michael Comstock
UNDP | NDC Support Programme
Global Support Unit

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