In 2015 the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) established the NDC Support Cluster in the framework of its International Climate Initiative (IKI) to support developing countries in a timely and comprehensive manner with the implementation of their (I)NDCs. The programme is an important part of BMUB's contribution to the global NDC Partnership. Currently eight organisations are supporting 27 partner countries in four thematic working areas:

  • Political and institutional frameworks
  • Sector approaches
  • Financing
  • Data and transparency

Depending on the needs of the respective partner governments, the Cluster provides guidance and advisory services on cross-cutting capacity building and knowledge management. It is essential that NDC’s implementation work keeps close ties with the government bodies in charge of NDC coordination, e.g. environmental ministries or national climate change commissions, while the competencies for implementing sector strategies remain within the respective line ministries.

Several implementing organisations are involved in the NDC Cluster. The Cluster contributes to the NDC Partnership, and in this context closely cooperates with other NDC support initiatives, amongst others the US NDC Leadership Compact, the LEDS Global Partnership and the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV.



Support areas and activities

Political and institutional frameworks Sector approaches Financing Data and transparency
  • Strengthening capacity in partner governments

  • Building climate expertise in sector/line ministries

  • Reinforcing government ownership and buy-in

  • Fostering engagement by stakeholders (especially private sector and civil society)

  • Ensuring linkages of NDCs with long-term strategies (LEDS)

  • Supporting the revision and increased ambition of INDCs

  • Identification of priority sectors and best practices

  • Analysis of sector contributions and potentials in light of NDC review

  • Demonstration of ‘action on the ground’

  • Approaches to linking projects and programmes (e.g. NAMAs) with NDC implementation

  • Assessment and promotion of co-benefits

  • Strengthening and development of domestic financial infrastructures

  • Identification of national and international, public and private funding sources

  • Development of investment strategies and measures to support NDC implementation

  • Strengthened financial instruments for scaling up private investment

  • Development of systems for tracking and monitoring NDCs

  • Setting up and strengthening MRV and GHG accounting systems

  • Strengthening the collection and processing of data and methods

  • Further development of emission projections and scenarios

Cross-cutting capacity building and knowledge management


  • Joint international conferences on NDC implementation

  • Organisation of tools for NDC implementation in a centralised shared toolbox

  • Joint helpdesk for flexible and in-depth responses to support requests

  • Global Good Practice Database for global learning and exchange

NDC Help Desk

The NDC Cluster provides a short term advisory service to support NDC implementation via its NDC Help Desk. Find out more.