Guidance on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions

UNDP/WRI Guidance Document on Designing and Preparing INDCs

UNDP and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have recently published a guidance document on “Designing and Preparing Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)” for use by countries in the process of developing their contributions in the lead-up to the December 2015 climate negotiations. The document responds to the urgent need for clear guidance on key issues to be considered when preparing INDCs. It also responds to requests made by countries participating in the 2014-2015 Regional Technical Dialogues on INDCs, convened by UNDP and the UNFCCC Secretariat.

The guide walks practitioners through the choices in preparing and designing their INDCs in five general steps: 1) Identifying the benefits of an INDC; 2) Organizing the national process to prepare a contribution; 3) Identifying data and analysis to inform the INDC; 4) Choosing options for designing the INDC; and 5) Communicating the INDC. The guide’s section on adaptation outlines options and technical guidelines that countries can consult if they choose to include an adaptation component in their INDC.

The document is not meant to preempt the outcomes of the ongoing UNFCCC negotiations and may be used by countries as they see fit. It also takes into account feedback from an extensive review by countries and other organizations. The document is now available in English, Spanish, and French and is available below.

See UNDP/WRI Guidance on Designing and Preparing INDCs 

Español: Guía del PNUD y WRI sobre el Diseño y Preparación de las INDCs

Français: Guide du PNUD et WRI sur la Conception et Préparation des INDCs

Experiences and Lessons Learned in the Preparation of INDCs

Tracking progress on INDC preparation worldwide, and sharing knowledge on best practices in INDC preparation

UNDP and the UNFCCC have funded NewClimate Institute to track progress on the preparation of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) of countries worldwide, and to synthesise experiences and lessons learned in INDC preparation. 

The following webpage presents quantitative and qualitative information on the (aggregated) progress of countries' preparations and their experiences. The data presented summarise the progress on INDC development to date, indicate the dates by which INDCs are expected to be submitted, and present a preliminary summary of the various approaches and experiences from the INDC preparation process. The data will be regularly updated.

See NewClimate Institute Study on INDC Preparation Worldwide

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