Frequently Asked Questions

This page responds to common questions about the Partnership and its three pillars. If you can't find an answer to your query please contact supportunit@ndcpartnership.org.

The Partnership

The NDC Partnership works directly with national governments, international institutions, civil society, researchers, and the private sector to fast-track climate and development action. The NDC Partnership works through In-Country Engagement and Global Knowledge Sharing to help countries accelerate climate action through NDC implementation.

The primary purpose of the Partnership is to facilitate and mobilize, rather than act as a donor with funds to allocate or to implement projects. The Partnership serves as a broad coordination platform for NDCs globally.

Through the NDC Partnership, member countries who request support and drive in-country NDC implementation get access to a large network of partners. These partners can deliver flexible services towards NDC implementation of NDCs — through (a) targeted technical assistance and capacity building; (b) knowledge products to fill information gaps; and (c) enhanced financial support.

The NDC Partnership is a coalition of countries and international institutions and other stakeholders supported by a secretariat, known as the Support Unit. The Partnership maintains a neutral approach in engaging with countries and Development Partners and aims to develop close, functional working relationships.

The NDC Partnership is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of two co-chairs, eight committee members, and three institutional committee members. Co-chairs and committee members are rotated on a two-year basis. Learn more about the NDC Partnership Governance.

The NDC Partnership’s secretariat, the Support Unit, is funded through grants from governments that support the NDC Partnership.

The NDC Partnership Support Unit is co-hosted by the UNFCCC (United Nations Climate Change Secretariat) in Bonn, Germany and the WRI (World Resources Institute) in Washington, DC, USA. Beyond receiving legal, administrative and office support from UNFCCC and WRI, the Partnership does not report to the governing bodies of either organization.

The NDC Partnership ensures the sustainability of its engagement by relying, as much as possible, on existing structures, institutions, and individual champions. This includes consulting relevant ministries and other local stakeholders (from the country requesting support) to identify how existing resources can be used, with international support, to respond to the country’s support request.  Additionally, the NDC Partnership provides resources, as needed,for the government to take on the role of facilitator of Partnership Plan implementation.

The Hubs are collaborative initiatives by members of the NDC Partnership to provide advisory and technical support in a region. This support helps to implement NDCs and integrate climate action in development plans. Furthermore, Hubs support countries in the region to review the implementation of their NDCs and accelerate climate investments.

The NDC Partnership is open to countries and international institutions that are committed to ambitious implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. By joining the NDC Partnership, members gain access to a global network of knowledge and resources to support their work in climate action. Benefits include, but are not limited to, acquiring access to a large network of partners that can deliver a flexible array of services geared towards implementation of NDCs — through (a) targeted technical assistance and capacity building; (b) knowledge products and sharing to fill information gaps; and (c) enhanced financial support.

To join the Partnership, interested parties are asked to submit a letter of interest to the Co-Chairs expressing their support for the Partnership’s Guiding Principles. Please contact the NDC Partnership Support Unit at supportunit@ndcpartnership.org for further information how to join.

Country Engagement

The Partnership engages directly with ministries and other stakeholders to assess needs and identify opportunities for collaboration. Partnership members provide coordinated assistance to advance NDC implementation.

Requests for support are communicated through official written communication from country governments in a Request for Support Letter (RSL). This letter is circulated to the NDC Partnership network. Responses to specific requests in the RSL are consolidated and shared with the country government.

Partnership Plans are tools to organize the support activities of Partnership Members and in-country stakeholders, as well as the country’s own activities that contribute toward the implementation and achievement of the NDC. They help prioritize what actions to move forward when that all stakeholders mutually agree to and support for the benefit of the country’s own needs and goals.

Yes. You can download the current Partnership Plan Template.

Partnership Plans are implemented with support from an In-Country Facilitator, based on a country’s needs and interests. A general Terms of Reference for the In-Country Facilitator offers different levels of support to the government, with the aim that a selected government ministry, agency or organization acts as the In-Country Facilitator. The In-Country Facilitator has oversight of the Partnership Plan, but Implementing Partners are responsible for the delivery of specific Plan outputs. Implementing Partners are organisations that have an in-country presence and can be government or civil society organisations and /or private sector entities. All implementation activities use existing systems and processes of the country government and partners.

There are no specific requirements from the Partnership for Members to formally report on the progress of the Plan. However, Partnership Plans do include specific outcomes, outputs and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to help countries and international institutions track the progress of the Partnership Plan’s implementation, (via the In-Country Facilitator). The NDC Partnership has also developed a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to help track the progress of the NDC Partnership as a whole.

As part of the NDC Partnership’s Country Engagement Strategy, Focal Points (FPs)are identified from boththe ministry in charge of the country’s NDC coordination and the planning or finance ministry. In addition, the Partnershipencourages engagement from government at all levels, making sure that there is buy-in from local to national government and across sectors.

Knowledge and Learning

The Partnership supports countries to achieve their climate goals by:

  • increasing access to knowledge resources and;
  • building a peer community around the experiences of countries implementing their NDCs.

By connecting countries to knowledge resources and enabling country-to-country learning, we support governments to build capacity, learn from challenges, scale successes, and inspire broader action.

The NDC Partnership helps to strengthen global knowledge, learning, and country capacity in three primary ways.

  • Providing easy access to knowledge resources, through an online Knowledge Portal.
  • Supporting direct learning, through peer exchanges among country, institutional, and associate members. This enables countries and institutions to exchange experiences to assist the acceleration, replication, or scale-up of NDC implementation.
  • Informing and inspiring action in the broader international community, through the Partnership in Action report, case studies, and other shared knowledge products that share country experiences.

The NDC Partnership’s Knowledge Portal helps countries to accelerate climate action by providing quick and easy access to data, tools, guidance, good practices, and funding opportunities. A collaboration with various partners and drawing together over 700 tools from leading institutions, the Portal includes the Good Practice Database, Climate Finance Explorer, Climate Toolbox, and NDC content and emissions data.

Finance

The members of the NDC Partnership provide their resources to countries directly in response to needs identified in Partnership Plans and Request for Support letters.

In most countries, much of the finance needed for low carbon development comes from the private sector. To respond to needs expressed in Partnership Plans and Requests for Support letters, the Partnership supports governments to develop an enabling environment to utilize private finance and identify how to use public funds efficiently. The private sector and providers of private finance can also join the Partnership as Associate Members.

The NDC Partnership does not charge a fee for any of its services.