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NDC Explorer

In 2013, the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) decided that every member state should formulate its concrete national contribution to address the challenges of climate change, the (I)NDCs. These proved to be a corner stone for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. However, NDCs vary to a great extend in scope and content as no common method in developing national climate action plans have been developed. Actors of global climate action, whether looking at researchers, policy makers and negotiators, civil society or development agencies, were in need of more transparency and an easier access to the information of all countries` NDCs in order to contribute to the challenge of climate change.

In cooperation with the UNFCCC secretariat, the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) led the development of an comprehensive analysis of all submitted intended and final NDCs. At this end, a database was established which made NDCs information accessible and usable online via the interactive tool ‘NDC Explorer’.

Enter the online tool and explore the NDCs in 60 subcategories related to mitigation, adaptation, finance and support, planning and process, as well as broader debates like SDGs and fossil fuel subsidy reform.

Team

Pauw, Pieter
Hein, Jonas
Brandi, Clara
Mbeva, Kennedy
Guarin, Alejandro
Dzebo, Adis
Cassanmagnano, Davide
Muhammad, Dilshad
Bock, Thomas
Helms, Joana
Zalewski, Alina
Frommé, Ezra
Lindener, Anika


Publications

Why data access matters: the NDC Explorer reveals new insights on national climate action plans
Pauw, Pieter / Kennedy Mbeva / Adis Dzebo (2017)
The Current Column of 16 January 2017

Private finance for climate-change adaptation: challenges and opportunities for Kenya
Pauw, Pieter / Adis Dzebo (2016)
Briefing Paper 22/2016

The Emissions Gap Report 2016

UNEP (2016)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi

The Adaptation Finance Gap Report 2016

UNEP (2016)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi

Sweet harmony: Why UN climate plans should use the same metrics
Pauw, W.P. & Mbeva, K. (2016)
Blog on Climate Home, 17.03.2016

Self-differentiation of countries’ responsibilities: Addressing climate change through Intended Nationally Determined Contributions
Pauw, Pieter / Mbeva, K. L. (2016)
Discussion Paper 4/2016

INDCs: A silver bullet for the climate negotiations, or empty talk?
Pauw, Pieter / Mbeva, K. L. (2015)
The Current Column of 26 May 2015

Accountability must be at the heart of the Paris climate pact
Pauw, Pieter / H. Van Asselt / H. Sælen (2015)
RTCC, 30.03.15

Assessment and Review under a 2015 Climate Change Agreement
Pauw, Pieter / H. Van Asselt / H. Sælen (2015)
Norden, March 2015

Assessment and Review under a 2015 Climate Change Agreement: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward
Pauw, Pieter / H. Van Asselt / H. Sælen (2015)
Nordic Working Papers, March 2015

Voices on NDC Explorer

“This tool is important for Africa because it provides vital information that is essential to inform decisions on climate change. A major challenge for Africa has been the lack of climate information database which details information from national to continental level."

Nicholas Ozor, executive director of the Kenya-based African Technology Policy Studies Network on SciDev.Net

“NDCs are key instruments to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and to move towards a low-emission and climate resilient future. Understanding NDCs and navigating the information that is communicated in NDCs is critical for their implementation and will help to enhance the ambition of global efforts over time. The new NDC explorer provides easy access to all INDCs and NDCs and will allow stakeholders to navigate through the information that has been communicated by governments and to look at it from different perspectives.”

Claudio Forner, Team Lead, Mitigation Implementation Support, UNFCCC Secretariat


“I am pleased to see DIE's NDC Explorer going live. The NDC Explorer contributes to the goal of the NDC Partnership to provide open-access knowledge tools that support the global efforts for effective and ambitious NDC implementation.”

Ingrid Gabriela Hoven, Directorate of Global Issues at the BMZ


"The NDC explorer will be a useful tool for us and our partners in civil society organizations around the world, because it makes the information contained in the NDCs more transparent and comparable. This makes our job easier of holding governments to account, so they implement and improve their NDCs."

Christoph Bals, Policy Director, Germanwatch


”Die (I)NDCs sind zum zentralen Baustein für die Umsetzung des Pariser Klimaabkommens geworden.  Jenseits der Emissionsminderungsziele blieben die Inhalte der nationalen Klimapläne jedoch unklar – bis jetzt.“  

Pieter Pauw, leitender Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Entwicklung des NDC Explorers am DIE

Contact

Pieter Pauw

E-mail pieter.pauw@remove-this.die-gdi.de
Phone +49 (0)228 94927-204
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130

Introducing the NDC Explorer

In the media

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