NDCs #1: Introduction to Nationally Determined Contributions

Language: English
Level: Beginner
Duration: 45-60 minutes

Climate change is one of the biggest threats and injustices of our time. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are national climate action plans that embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. They are the single most important instrument for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and achieving its long term goals for climate adaptation and mitigation. The Paris Agreement on Climate Change requires Parties to submit new or updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) every five years. This means 2020 was the year for the first round of revisions to commitments made in 2015 when the Paris Agreement was adopted. 

The objective of this short course is to give you introductory information about: 

1.  The NDC process

2.  The role of NDCs in tackling the climate crisis 

3. How different crucial elements such as mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage, gender, climate finance and participation are addressed within the NDCs



Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

Mitigation and NDCs

Adaptation and NDCs

Loss and Damage and NDCs

Gender and NDCs

Finance and NDCs

Participation is key in NDCs

Final quiz

Thank you and Donation

Expected level to complete the course: Beginner

Expected time to complete the course: 45-60 minutes

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Please follow our second course in the series NDCs #2: Gender in Nationally Determined Contributionsto delve deeper into why gender-responsive climate action is important and how NDCs can better promote gender inclusion. 

Both courses have been designed in the context of the project "Participatory NDCs for a climate-just response in COVID-19  world” implemented by CARE (Germany), Climate Action Network International (CAN I) and partners in various countries in 2020/21, with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).