In preparation of the Paris Agreement, countries outlined their emission reduction targets in national climate plans – so-called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). In that context, the UNFCCC Secretariat together with the UNDP and other organizations launched in 2015 a series of Regional Dialogues on INDCs to provide support to the countries and advance the Paris Agreement process.
These Regional Dialogues primarily focused on the general and technical aspects of INDC preparation and submission. After the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, the Regional Dialogues focused on moving from INDCs to NDCs, preparing next steps for implementation (e.g. building awareness, strengthening institutions, engaging stakeholders, etc.) and discussing mitigation or adaptation actions to be implemented by the countries.
Since the Paris Agreement entered into force in November 2016, the INDCs of the Parties that ratified the Agreement were turned into Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Following this, a second round of ‘Post-Paris Regional NDC Dialogues’ has kicked off since Summer 2017, to discuss practical steps for the development of implementation plans. From now on, the NDC Regional Dialogues aim to support countries in the process of moving toward implementation of their NDCs.
To date, the Regional Dialogues have convened over 200 governments from 150 developing countries through global workshops and regional dialogues.
The NDC Regional Dialogue for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia was held from 21-23rd May in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The Dialogue has brought together government representatives from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus region, and Central Asia (including from ministries of environment, planning, finance, and energy), as well as representatives of international organizations and other institutions involved in NDC implementation.
The objective of this meeting was to:
exchange national experiences and views related to NDC implementation planning, including linkages to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and other planning processes, as well as opportunities to advance gender equality;
identify opportunities for translating NDCs into concrete actions (in particular in the energy sector) to contribute to NDC goals;
discuss finance considerations, including private-sector engagement, in the context of NDC implementation; and
discuss future steps on NDCs in the context of the Talanoa Dialogue, raising ambition, and long-term development strategies.
The 3rd Pacific Regional Dialogue on NDCs was held from 12-14th March in Suva, Fiji. This meeting brought together Pacific Island countries to discuss the implementation of their NDCs. Partners, regional organisations, private sector and civil society organisations were also present to provide inputs to the establishment of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub.
The meeting aimed to support Pacific Island countries in the process of implementation and enhancement of their NDCs and:
share experiences and discuss in-depth the exchange of national experiences and views related to NDC implementation planning, including linkages to SDG processes, opportunities to advance gender equality, future steps on NDC’s enhancement and revision, and linkages to long-term strategies;
further identify concrete opportunities for action in translating NDCs into actionable projects, in particular in the energy sector, to contribute to NDC goals, including linkages with sectoral planning; and
discuss the access to and availability of finance, including private-sector engagement, in the context of NDC implementation.