The implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) was the focus of a regional meeting attended by over 120 participants from more than 40 African countries meeting on 5-7 September in Tunisia. The dialogue hosted by the Government of Tunisia and co-organized with support from UNDP, UNEP and the UNFCCC, is part of a series of such events that began in 2014 to support countries in preparing their INDCs ahead of COP21, and will now continue into 2017 focusing on NDC implementation under the Paris Agreement.
The forum highlighted how many African countries are making considerable progress in preparing for their NDC implementation, whether through developing national implementation plans that prioritize specific sectoral climate actions or by designing appropriate institutional arrangements and coordination mechanisms. Others are ALSO focusing on reorienting investments toward climate actions and designing monitoring systems to track progress of their NDC goals. Countries attending the dialogue underscored the need to build on existing efforts –as well as experiences in preparing NDCs – when undertaking these processes. It was also stressed that the NDC implementation process must be interlinked with the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which can deliver both adaptation and mitigation in the African region.