Global NDC Conference 2017

The Global NDC Conference 2017 was held from 3-5 May 2017 in Berlin. It was jointly organised by GIZ’s Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA) and the UNDP’s Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECB) for the IKI NDC Support Cluster and the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) in cooperation with the global NDC Partnership.

At the 3-day conference, more than 250 participants from 80 countries shared their perspectives and experiences in the fields of integrated governance, financing and transparency for delivering climate goals. The participants were government representatives from environmental, planning, financial and line ministries as well as representatives of sub-national actors, research institutions, think tanks, and international and bilateral executing organisations.

On the eve of the event, a reception was held at BMU for the participants, with speeches given by the former German Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Barbara Hendricks, the Chair of the African Group of Negotiators, Ambassador Seyni Nafo, as well as the Argentine Undersecretary of Climate Change, Carlos Gentile. Minister Hendricks kicked off the conference on 3 May with a presentation about the German Climate Action Plan 2050, highlighting the importance of NDCs: “The nationally determined contributions are at the heart of the Paris Agreement. It is crucial that the contributions are made more and more ambitious over time. To this end, we intend to exchange opinions and experiences, learn from one another, and, above all, support the countries of the South as we pledged in Paris. We will not leave our partners alone to face this major challenge.”

Key aims of the conference were enabling dialogue on practical experience and networking between government representatives. Participants identified gaps and opportunities for support; explored concrete opportunities for countries to progress low carbon resilient development through implementation of NDCs; built peer-networks, and engaged with the private sector to explore further action.

For further information on the Global NDC Conference 2017, please see the Key Messages, the Agenda and the Conference Report. If you are interested in receiving detailed information on the sessions held at the conference, please contact