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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) & World Resources Institute (WRI)

11th December 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm CET

How the SDGs Will Help Enhance and Advance NDC Implementation: Options and Concrete Examples from Country Experiences


The event will explore three opportunities for climate experts to use the SDGs to enhance NDC implementation and raise ambition:


(1) Building on the SDG targets to enhance NDCs. 

Many SDG targets are relevant for mitigation and adaptation actions. The domestication of global SDGs into nationally-relevant targets can provide additional climate actions that could easily be incorporated into NDCs and climate plans to enhance mitigation and adaptation potential. The event will provide a list of top relevant SDG targets and examples of country experiences. It will also discuss how to engage in the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2019 that will review progress towards SDG 13 on climate action in relation to the other SDGs.


(2) Aligning with the leave-no-one-behind principle to deliver greater impact and gain stronger support. 

Common arguments against more ambitious climate action point to negative impacts on the poorest (e.g. carbon price, expensive green technology). By applying the overarching objective of leaving no one behind to climate action, win-win solutions can be designed that will reduce trade-offs and empower low-income households and producers to engage in climate action. The event will showcase initiatives to ensure inclusive and fair climate transition.


(3) Capitalizing on SDG implementation process to advance NDCs in more effectively. 

In most countries, NDCs and SDGs are being implemented in parallel. Yet, typical SDG oversight institutions have a central role in the cabinet and SDGs are largely seen by planning and sector ministries as a key part of their mandate they must deliver on. Identifying entry points and opportunities for linking up NDC and SDG implementation will help engage the whole government and step up climate ambition and action.


Discussion with

  • Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNPD Policy Bureau
  • Andrew Steer, President of WRI
  • Kitutu K Mary Goretti, Minister of State for Environment, Uganda
  • Ralph Regenvanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vanuatu
  • Sergio Sanchez, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico (tbc)
  • Cyrille Pierre, Director, Sustainable Development department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
  • Monica Araya, Founder and CEO of Costa Rica Limpia


11th December 2018
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm


Mikołaja Kopernika 14
Katowice, 40-064 Poland