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Resources for NDC Enhancement

The Paris Agreement calls on countries to deliver Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) every five years, in a process that is often referred to as the Paris ambition mechanism. This creates a recurring opportunity for countries to strengthen climate action in a regular and timely way, ensuring their plans are informed by the latest advances in technology and aligned with current climate science and economic trends.

Overview Guidance: How Countries Can Enhance Their NDCs

WRI and UNDP have published a comprehensive overview of NDC enhancement to help practitioners think through updates to their country’s NDC. The step-by-step process covers actions to strengthen greenhouse gas mitigation, climate resilience and adaptation, and communication and transparency.

Enhancing NDCs: A Guide to Strengthening National Climate Plans by 2020
Taryn Fransen, Ichiro Sato, Kelly Levin, David Waskow, David Rich, Sadya Ndoko, and Julie Teng

Sectoral Opportunities to Strengthen NDCs

To curb emissions while delivering substantial economic and development benefits, countries can incorporate or strengthen targets and policies in their NDCs across a wide range of sectors. WRI and UNDP published a series of papers on how to take advantage of these opportunities:  


NDC Webinar Series

Co-hosted with NDC Partnership, UNDP and other partners, this series focuses on the most promising and effective solutions to achieving low-carbon transformation at the sectoral level. Watch the recorded webinars on demand.


Videos

The Path to Zero Emissions: Food Loss and Waste

The WRI Food Program’s Brian Lipinski explains why food waste is a climate change problem — and what countries must do to fix it.


The Path to Zero Emissions: Buildings

Jennifer Layke of WRI’s Energy Program explains how buildings are linked to climate change — and what countries must do to fix it.


The Path to Zero Emissions: Restoring Land

The WRI Forest Program’s Dow Maneerattana explains why land degradation is a climate change problem — and what countries must do to fix it.


The Path to Zero Emissions: Super Pollutants

The WRI Climate Program’s Katie Ross explains why carbon isn't the only greenhouse gas we need to worry about — and what countries must do to reduce super pollutants to fight climate change.


The Path to Zero Emissions: Electric Vehicles

WRI’s Camron Gorguinpour explains why expanding adoption of electric vehicles is so important to fight climate change — and what countries must do to encourage it.


The Path to Zero Emissions: What is Net Zero?

WRI’s Kelly Levin explains "net zero" — and what countries must do to encourage it. This video is part of a series spotlighting various climate-related challenges — and solutions — and how countries can better address them in their national climate plans.


The Path to Zero Emissions: Restoring the Ocean

WRI’s Eliza Northrop explains how restoring the ocean can help fight climate change — and what countries must do to take action.