Planning for NDC Implementation: A Quick-Start Guide

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Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Ricardo Energy and Environment

The purpose of this Planning for NDC Implementation: A Quick-Start Guide is to support developing countries in implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). It is accompanied by a reference manual which provides more detail on the activities that countries can include in their implementation plans. They are aimed at policy-makers at national and subnational levels, and development partners and practitioners supporting the implementation of NDCs.

Each country is at a different stage of climate change policy development and implementation. This guide therefore addresses the diversity in NDCs and the starting points for their implementation. It also takes into account the fact that the requirements under the Paris Agreement do not apply equally to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). At the same time, all countries face common challenges in implementing climate policy, including how to:

  • build awareness of the need for, and benefits of, action among stakeholders, including key government ministries
  • mainstream and integrate climate change into national planning and development processes
  • strengthen the links between subnational and national government plans on climate change
  • build capacity to analyse, develop and implement climate policy
  • establish a mandate for coordinating actions around NDCs and driving their implementation
  • address resource constraints for developing and implementing climate change policy
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