The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
UNOPS supports the NDC Partnership to advance climate action
As Fund and Grant Manager, UNOPS will assist the well-established coalition in advancing more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Built on the premise of collective action, the NDC Partnership brings together 117 developed and developing countries and 84 institutional members to create and deliver on ambitious NDCs that help achieve the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNOPS is committed to supporting strong climate action through a range of initiatives and projects. We are proud to join the NDC Partnership and support their critical work to help countries achieve their climate ambitions and enhance the implementation of their NDCs to scale.
Through the NDC Partnership, governments identify their NDC implementation priorities and the type of support that is needed to translate them into actionable policies and programmes. Based on these requests, the membership offers a tailored package of expertise, technical assistance and funding. This collaborative response provides developing countries with efficient access to a wide range of resources to adapt to and mitigate climate change and foster more equitable and sustainable development.
Under the new agreement, UNOPS will work together with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the World Resources Institute, which have hosted the NDC Partnership for the last five years. In addition, UNOPS and the World Resource Institute will jointly execute a new pooled-funding mechanism: the Partnership Action Fund.
“Post COP26, access to technical expertise and finance at scale is essential to advancing climate action in accordance with the Paris Agreement,” said NDC Partnership Global Director Pablo Vieira.
“The UNOPS-managed Partnership Action Fund will be one of the key instruments for the Partnership's ambition,” said Mr. Vieira.
To date, the governments of Belgium, Germany and Norway are among the first development partners to provide funding to the NDC Partnership through UNOPS, with $22 million in project agreements signed. Additional funding is being channeled through the World Resources Institute. Support from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom will complement the trust fund in the first quarter of 2022.
“Supporting developing countries to meet their own climate targets is crucial to limit warming to 1.5 degrees,” said Bård Vegar Solhjell, Director General at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). “That’s why Norad has decided to support the NDC-Partnership, through an agreement with UNOPS for the next five years.”