Promoting climate-friendly and emission-neutral development

Project description

Title: Climate Policy Support Programme
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Worldwide
Overall term: 2019 to 2022


Droughts, floods, storms, heat waves – the effects of climate change are already being felt today. Developing countries and emerging economies are particularly hard hit as climate change impacts their economic growth and threatens economic and social progress made in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease. 

For the partner countries of German development cooperation, climate change is a key issue. That is why Germany has made climate change mitigation and adaptation a priority area of its development policy. 

With the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, the international community agreed to ambitious policy goals. Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are central to the agreement’s implementation. However, the strategies and approaches articulated in many of the NDCs are insufficient for achieving the fundamental changes required in key economic sectors, especially with regard to energy policy, agriculture and forestry, water management, transport and development planning. The integration of transformative approaches to climate change within German and international development cooperation is also insufficient. 


German and international development cooperation use approaches for transitioning to emission-neutral and climate-friendly development, which are compatible with the Paris Climate Agreement.


The Climate Policy Support Programme is a supraregional project. It works at the intersection of international climate policy and national development processes in partner countries of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The programme capitalises on strategic networks and partnerships and develops practical approaches to addressing climate-related challenges, which are implemented in selected partner countries, particularly in the Pacific Island states. It also supports BMZ in the fulfillment of its various climate policy tasks. 

  • Advising BMZ. BMZ receives advisory services in the areas of climate change adaptation, greenhouse gas mitigation and climate financing. Furthermore, the Ministry obtains programme support related to the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • Global implementation and strategic communication. The programme supports selected partner countries and initiatives to implement measures that lead to fundamental change. NDCs or other processes aimed at emission-neutral and climate-friendly development are targeted for support, for example support for national adaptation planning. The programme is also tasked with anchoring the topic of transformational change in the context of climate change into the strategic communications of German and international development cooperation.
  • Pacific Regional Hub. Together with the NDC Partnership (NDCP), the programme supports the Pacific Island states in implementing their ambitious climate objectives.
  • Synthesising and transferring knowledge. Programme staff research emerging climate policy issues. This work also takes place in cooperation with various partners from the academic community or think tanks, such as the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the German Development Institute, the United Nations University and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.


German development cooperation has established itself as a key stakeholder in integrating climate aspects into national development processes. This builds on the support provided by the predecessor programmes to the partner countries in drawing up their climate protection goals and preparing them for the Paris Climate Conference.

  • To date, climate-related measures in 15 developing countries have received support. The experience gained has been contributed to international discussions. 
  • The National Action Plan (NAP) Global Network international initiative has been strategically shaped and expert advice has been provided on how to support partner countries. 
  • The Climate Policy Support Programme has made Germany's involvement in climate cooperation work visible. This was achieved at high-level events, for example the global climate conferences and the interim conferences and through various publications.

Last update: September 2020

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