The adoption of the Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was a historic moment, providing a universal platform for all countries to take action towards a commonly agreed goal. Central to the success of COP 21 were the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) which were submitted by more than 190 countries during 2015. These set out each country’s approach to reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate.
The purpose of this Planning for NDC Implementation: Quick Start Guide and Reference Manual is to support developing countries in implementing their 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. This guidance was initiated at the request of a number of developing countries, who are keen to move ahead with implementation and have expressed a need for early practical guidance on how to prepare effective NDC implementation plans and take action in what is a fast-evolving space. Many elements are also applicable to developed countries looking to implement their NDCs.