The Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECBP) was launched in January 2011 as part of a joint collaboration between the European Union (European Commission and Member States) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Since its inception the LECB Programme has grown both in scope and breadth, proudly including 25 participating countries and enhanced technical support through generous contributions from the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Australian Government.

This collaborative, country driven programme aims to strengthen technical and institutional capacities at the country level, while at the same time facilitating inclusion and coordination of the public and private sector in national initiatives addressing climate change. It does so by utilizing the global networks and substantial experience that UNDP has established through our wide portfolio of projects and programmes around the globe. The Low Emission Capacity Building Programme is part of the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction cluster of UNDP and gains insight from and builds on global programmes and initiatives already developed by UNDP and donor countries.

Original Programme Objectives

The Programmes overall objective is to strengthen capacities in participating countries in the following ways:

  • Develop greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory management systems
  • Identify opportunities for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMA)
  • Design low emission development strategies (LEDS) in the context of national priorities
  • Design systems for measuring, reporting, and verification of proposed actions and means to reduce GHG emissions
  • Facilitate the design and adoption of mitigation actions by selected industries in some countries

Expansion of Geographic Reach and Programme Scope 

In the lead up to the Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21) the LECB Programme was proud to support the development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) in 22 countries. In addition to supporting the development on the ground, UNDP also carried out 12 Regional Technical Dialogues and 1 Global Workshop in INDCs.

Going forward, with generous support from the European Commission, the LECB Programme is supporting 38 countries in the transition of moving from Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to concrete actions and implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions.


Background >


Since the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, significant progress has been made worldwide in the way the issue of climate change is addressed on national and international levels.

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Global Support Unit

UNDP supports and guides national project teams through the Global Support Unit. Located at UNDP headquarters in New York, the GSU assists countries in implementing their projects and ensuring technically sound deliverables.

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The Programme is funded by the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Australian Government and is implemented by participating countries with UNDP support.

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