NDC Implementation – Bridging the Gap from Climate Change Policy to Sector Approach

This GIZ side event aims to identify solutions for more efficient and coherent implementation of sector policies as part of NDC implementation.

The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change is a historically significant landmark in the global fight against climate change. The Paris Agreement steers the world towards a global transition to a low carbon and climate resilient economy. By October 2017, nearly all countries (with the exception of Iran and Russia) have signed and ratified the Paris Agreement and presented their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the UNFCCC.

These countries now face the challenge to implement their country-specific NDCs. This includes mitigation actions, sectoral approaches, adaptation planning, development of mid-century strategies, regular reporting, and mobilisation of support. Independent assessments demonstrate that the pledged collective climate action cannot be considered to be fully consistent with the key requirements of the Paris Agreement and it is still far from where it needs to be to meet the Paris Agreement’s temperature goals. Hence, the challenge in the implementation of the Paris Agreement is that all countries have to align their sector policies with their national climate targets and, over time, their national targets with the collective goals of the Paris Agreement.

The event discusses the NDC implementation by focusing on one of the main challenges: Alignment and coherence of sector policies and approaches with the national climate target and climate policies.

By launching the new NDC Update Report by the New Climate Institute and publishing the new figures of the Climate Action Tracker, the latest status of NDC implementation will set the scene for the discussions. A second input of the German Environment Agency will highlight the challenges of mainstreaming climate change in Germany into sectors, such as energy, transport, industry and agriculture and serves as an input teaser for the panel discussion. The panel discussion will focus on the following guiding questions: 

  • How can we better mainstream climate policies into relevant sectors?
  • What does coherence between sector and climate policy mean (e.g. coordination between environment and sector ministries)? How may this work better?
  • Do relevant sectors need a “retrofit” to be able to implement climate targets?
  • How to reach coherence between mid and long term planning and sector targets/indicators
  • What is meant by climate or NDC coordination or climate governance and what does this mean for international cooperation?
  • Does international cooperation need more ambitious projects or better modes of delivery - or both?

The conclusions of the event are accompanied by a complementary lunch for networking and additional exchange.



GIZ Bonn
Mäanderbau, Saal Donau
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 36
53113 Bonn


Monday, 13 November 2017, 11 am till 2 pm