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UN Environment (UNEP) DTU Partnership

Guidance Document: Institutional Capacities For NDC Implementation

In the present document, the authors describe six types of institutional capacity that are necessary to implement the kind of broad-based climate change management actions found in Nationally Determined Contributions.

  • Ability to launch and coordinate a whole-of-government process, incorporating contributions from all relevant governmental agencies and non-governmental parties as relevant.
  • Capacity to integrate NDC priorities into sectoral and crosssectoral programmes and projects, to ensure that the latter do not undermine efforts to achieve the former, or vice versa.
  • Resources to train relevant government agency staff (and possibly non-government agency staff too), with a view ,to increasing the technical and managerial skills of these individuals.
  • Ability to engage all relevant stakeholders through consultations designed to elicit their input, so that this can be taken into consideration, thus increasing buy-in from stakeholders.
  • Competence to conduct a regulatory framework revision, to streamline and complement existing laws and regulations and strengthen related governmental processes and entities.
  • Ability to monitor progress and report on it, making the best use of existing data collection mechanisms and strengthening related capabilities wherever needed.

For each type of capacity, the authors identify areas where developing country government capacities are limited, and provide recommendations for building these capacities.