The steering committee of the NDC Partnership.Photo: NDC Partnership


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What is next after the Paris Agreement? Signed by 196 countries, this historic accord to stop global warming and create a low carbon and resilient world creates a whole new challenge: how do countries achieve these goals before our planet hits a point of no return? Finding the answer to this question is exactly why the NDC Partnership was born.

Different from the 1997 climate accord known as the Kyoto Protocol, the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change now has almost every country in the world on board. At the heart of this diplomatic success are the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which every nation in the agreement must create to outline its specific plans to fight climate change and prepare for the inevitable challenges it presents. The harsh realities of climate change are requiring nations to find creative and collaborative solutions, and, for the first time, they have agreed to develop strategies that build from their own national contexts, challenges and opportunities to achieve a common outcome: to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius.

But now these commitments must turn into action. That is why the NDC Partnership was launched at COP 22 in Marrakech, in November 2016, the first United Nations Climate Conference following approval of the Paris Agreement.

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