Description – background and objective
In 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal and legally binding agreement, called Paris Agreement, to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change. The agreement requires all Parties to outline their commitments in the form of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and to accelerate these efforts in the years ahead. Ghana has committed to pursue coordinated actions to reduce the negative impacts of climate change on its citizenry and to create a low carbon emission development pathway. As of October 2018, Ghana is about to finalise and present its ambitious NDCs on the basis of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) submitted in 2015, which contains a set of 31 climate actions covering seven sectors with a budget of $22.6 billion for 10 year period starting from 2020.
The NDC Support Programme is supporting Ghana’s efforts, inter alia, to turn the INDC into concrete action by enhancing technical as well as institutional capacities building on the results achieved under Low Emissions Capacity Building Programme (2013-2017). The project focuses on:
1. Strengthening sectoral Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems to ensure transparent NDC implementation;
2. Refining and disaggregating economy-wide NDC mitigation targets as sectoral targets and achievable actions and developing sectoral mitigation plans;
3. Identifying inclusive policy instruments to reduce risks and incentivize participation of private sector in NDC implementation;
4. Integrating gender in NDC planning and implementation processes within the broader sustainable development context.
The UNDP NDC Support Programme is currently being implemented in 25 countries. More information on this website: http://www.undp.org/content/ndc-support-programme/en/home.html.
Accomplishments – progress and key achievements (as of October 2018)
- The project is currently providing the Government of Ghana with substantial support for the finalisation of Ghana’s NDC (GH-NDC).
- Sectoral MRV systems are being developed and other MRV processes (such Annual Progress Report and Strategic Environmental Assessment) are being established, in close collaboration with line ministries and regional authorities such as Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Environment, National Development Planning Commission.
- An in-depth gender analysis has been developed to inform the integration of gender considerations in the NDC planning and implementation processes.
Please see the programme document is here.