Data Partnerships for the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA)

We are establishing data partnerships to showcase climate commitments and track progress of climate action

I. Background

The secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the “Convention”) and its Kyoto Protocol (the “secretariat”) seeks to engage in mutually beneficial data partnerships with non-Party stakeholders including the private sector that share the values and principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter, the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, as well as internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption, as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact, and whose behaviour demonstrates a willingness to exercise social and environmental responsibility, towards global peaking of emission and enhancement of resilience.

Such collaborative data partnerships are to be understood as voluntary and mutually agreed between the secretariat and the selected entity, in which the participants agree to work together and make contributions to achieve a common purpose, to undertake a specific task, and to share risks and responsibilities, resources and benefits. It is by no means intended to establish any commercial relationship or contract among the parties involved, nor to procure any financial gain for the selected partner.

II. Scope

NAZCA is a global platform that brings together the commitments to action by all types of non-Party stakeholders — including companies, cities, subnational regions, investors and civil society organizations — to address climate change.

As part of Decision 1/CP.21, Parties welcomed the efforts of non-Party stakeholders to address and respond to climate change, invited them to scale up their climate actions and encouraged the registration of these actions on the NAZCA platform.

In this context, the secretariat envisages to establish collaborative data partnerships for the NAZCA platform with various entities to help provide visibility and deeper insights to the commitments, action, progress and ambition of non-Party stakeholders. These partnerships will work towards providing a broad and reliable picture of the state of climate action and enable this action to be synthesized and communicated effectively.

The secretariat invites other entities interested in joining these or similar partnerships to also submit their proposals.

III. Opportunities

Collaborative data partnerships concluded subsequent to this Advance Notice of Partnership will implement one or several projects that can significantly enhance the visibility and/or insight regarding non-Party stakeholder action. Each project shall fall under one or more of the following categories:

Category I: Data provider

The data on NAZCA have the following characteristics:

  1. Reporting: Commitments should be reported at a minimum of once every two years, ideally once per annum.

  2. Scale: Commitments included in the NAZCA portal should be strategic in nature and should be ‘headline’, inspirational actions that are forward-looking, quantifiable and time-bound at sufficient scale to have an impact on mitigation,adaptation or finance. Links to underlying data sources are always provided.

  3. Consistency: The data should be presented in a comparable format.

  4. Action: The commitments featured on NAZCA are action-oriented. The portal does not feature calls to action by third parties such as governments.


In order not to replicate processes and leverage existing expertise, partnerships are sought with entities who:

  • Operate a reporting, disclosure or tracking platform with established and mature data management and assessment processes that verifies and authenticates non-Party stakeholders and the commitments and action they disclose.

  • Have various non-Party stakeholders reporting to them already and make the data disclosed available on a public web site as appropriate.

  • Have capabilities to track progress of commitments and action over time on a regular and periodic basis (e.g. annually).

  • Will collect and transfer to the secretariat non-Party stakeholder commitments, action and/or initiatives that demonstrate the characteristics described above and in a format that conforms to the NAZCA data structure.

  • Will assist in amplifying the data they publish on NAZCA through communication, social media and outreach channels.

Category II: Data analysis, design and visualization

  • Analyze, synthesize and/or visualize data on non-Party stakeholders engaged on NAZCA in order to provide deeper insights and accessibility into the impact of action, such as on what has been delivered and projecting forward future potential impact.


The information provided across the two categories will be processed and published by the secretariat on the NAZCA platform on a regular basis.

IV. Responsibilities

Each selected partner will have the following responsibilities:

For all projects:

(a) Implementation of the project(s) in accordance with the Collaboration Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding (the “Legal Instrument”) to be concluded between each selected partner and the secretariat.

(b) In connection with the implementation of the project(s), each selected partner shall be responsible for operating and resourcing their data platform and should cover the costs associated with its participation in the collaboration arrangement.

(c) Each selected partner shall act in a manner consistent with the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

(d) At the end of each stage of the project, each selected partner will provide the secretariat with an overview of the data provided, activities performed and feedback on its experiences and lessons learned.

For data provider projects:

(e) Transfer to the secretariat non-Party stakeholder commitments, action and/or initiatives from their data platform that adhere to the NAZCA data principles and structure within agreed timelines.

(f) Assist in amplifying the data they publish on NAZCA through communication, social media and outreach channels at key moments.

For analyses, syntheses and/or visualization projects:

(g)Transfer to the secretariat analyses, syntheses and/or visualization of data on non-Party stakeholders’ commitments, action and/or initiatives.

The secretariat will be responsible for the following in order to ensure the smooth completion of the projects:

For all projects:

(a) The secretariat will prepare the Legal Instrument detailing the project responsibilities of the selected partner(s) which will be jointly signed by the secretariat and the selected partner(s).

(b) The secretariat will be readily available to provide clarifications and keep the selected partner(s) informed of the overall direction and planned changes to the NAZCA platform as it evolves to ensure alignment on common objectives.

(c) The secretariat will publish the data and/or analyses, syntheses and/or visualizations received within agreed timelines with links to the original source made available by the data partner.

(d) The secretariat will acknowledge the collaboration with the selected data partner(s) by listing them on NAZCA as options for non-Party stakeholders to register and publicize their commitments.

V. Eligibility and exclusionary criteria

To be eligible, proponents should substantiate the following with statements or/and relevant evidence when available:

(a) Responsible corporate citizenship or civil society work by supporting the core values of the United Nations and its causes and in particular those committed to the principles of sustainable development, including an active and leading role in developing, deploying or disseminating low-carbon technologies, increasing energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and in assisting society to adapt to climate change.

(b) Records of constructive engagement in UNFCCC process.

(c) No history of allegations for human rights and environmental abuse.

(d) No history of allegation for abuse of UN partnerships.

(e) No previous involvement in corruption.

(f) Transparent financial reporting.

(g) Disclosure of any conflicts of interest.

(h) Respect of UN Charter, UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework.

(i) Proof of successful delivery of similar projects with UN organizations, non-governmental organizations or private companies.

(j) No violation of sanctions established by the United Nations Security Council.

(k) No involvement in the sale or manufacture of anti-personnel or landmines or cluster bombs

VI. Use of Secretariat’s name and logo

The secretariat may agree on a case by case basis and upon request, to exceptionally authorize the use of its name and logo on a non-exclusive basis. The use of the name and logo must be expressly approved in advance in writing and upon such terms and conditions as may be specified by the secretariat.

VII. Submission of proposals

Proposals should be sent to partnerships@unfccc.int, marked for the attention of the “NAZCA Data Partnerships”. The present Advance Notice of Partnerships is a standing call; the selection of projects depends on the feasibility assessment made by the secretariat based on the timing of the proposals. To this effect we encourage early submissions of proposals. Proposals submitted within 14 calendar days from publication of this Advance Notice of Partnerships will be reviewed and responded to promptly; late proposals in due course. The secretariat reserves the right to decline any proposal.

The proposals should:

(a) Indicate within 900 words, the scope, objective(s), timeframe of the proposed partnership, and a summary of the financial value of the partner’s contribution in terms of the costs of all resources used in association with this partnership.

(b) Include a statement, within 900 words, on the applicant’s eligibility, in accordance with the eligibility and exclusionary criteria set out above with all supporting documentation attached.

(c) Include a statement of the intention to fully comply with the terms of the Legal Instrument to be concluded between the selected partner and the secretariat.

(d) Indicate any expectations regarding the use of the secretariat’s name and logo.

If a proposal is deemed acceptable, the secretariat will inform the proponent and a Legal Instrument will be concluded in writing. The Legal Instrument prepared by the secretariat will clearly set out, inter alia, the following:

(a) Scope, objectives, and timeframe of the collaboration.

(b) Specific roles and responsibilities of the parties, including operational targets and activities.

(c) Treatment of confidential information exchanged by the parties.

(d) Conditions relating to the use of secretariat’s name and logo.

(e) Reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements for the collaboration.

(f) Provisions for liabilities, indemnity and settlement of disputes.