At the international climate negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco, developing and developed countries have launched a new partnership dedicated to deliver on the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change and related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The partnership is a new coalition working together to ensure countries receive the technical and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and related sustainable development goals as fast and effectively as possible. “National climate plans, or NDCs, are at the heart of the Paris Agreement,” said Dr. Hakima El Haite, Climate Champion and Minister Delegate in Charge of the Environment, Ministry of Energy, Mines Water and the Environment, Morocco. “Launching at COP22, the NDC Partnership comes at an opportune time to accelerate climate action worldwide. This Partnership is a vital, collaborative platform for helping countries embeds their NDCs into all sectors and all levels of decision-making. “Through the NDC Partnership, we will also engage more of the private sector, encourage South-South cooperation and make donors more responsive to countries’ needs. The NDC Partnership is exactly the sort of smart, action-oriented initiative that we need to deliver on the promise of the Paris Agreement,” the official said. Germany will align its international climate finance – €2.7 billion from budgetary resources alone last year – to the Partnership and aims to further increase this support to €4 billion by 2020. “The time for climate action is now,” said Dr. Gerd Müller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. The NDC Partnership enhances cooperation among nations so that developing countries have more effective access to the technical knowledge and financial support necessary to deliver on their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to address climate change and deliver on related sustainable development goals. There are many initiatives already underway focused on supporting national climate action. The Partnership aims to better align these international and in-country efforts and to improve understanding of existing resources, and will gradually expand capacity to respond to countries’ evolving needs. The NDC Partnership takes a three-pronged approach to driving ambitious climate action guided by country demand and priorities: The Partnership is initially co-chaired by the governments of Morocco and Germany. Membership is open to all countries and relevant international institutions and is defined by support for the Partnership’s guiding principles that will help orient the Partnership’s work and that of its members. World Resources Institute hosts the support unit for the NDC Partnership.