Tool

Recommendations for localizing NDCs

The main tool to turn the global goals of the Paris Agreement into action are the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Local governments across the globe have primary authority over about one third of the potential for urban climate change mitigation, therefore they have a great impact on implementing the NDCs.  However, many local governments are still not tapping this potential, and a series of recommendations can help to move towards a localization of NDCs and to improve governance capacities / instruments for multi-level climate governance.

Goal

Provide recommendations to move towards a localization of NDCs and to improve governance capacities / instruments for multi-level climate governance for your city.

Tasks

  1. Based on the Policy Brief  – Localising NDCs with inspiration from the 2030 Agenda, first of all, gain a good understanding of the three parts of Localising NDCs and what this could mean for your local setting (Template 1.A) and to identify, based on the different recommendations (national and local level) what actions you can take forward in short and long term (Template 1.B).  
  1. Based on the publication Multi-Level Climate Governance Supporting Local Action you are invited in this step to get a detailed look into recommendations / rationale at different levels regarding different government capacities / instruments. You can, alone or in a group, read the recommendations / rationale and think about how your city could take this forward (initial ideas) – Template 2.  

Materials

  • Markers, cards, boards, brown-paper
  • Printouts (templates as described above), or prepared in a virtual whiteboard.  

Note

Involve as many stakeholders as possible to get different perspectives. Involve also other levels of government if possible. This exercise is also recommended when different cities / different countries are participating, so they can get mutual inspiration. 

Timeframe

60 to 120 minutes

Output

Develop your own recommendations to move towards the localization of NDCs and improvement of governance capacities / instruments for multi-level climate governance.