Preparations Underway for INDC Implementation
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The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV has reported that several developing countries, including Mexico and Viet Nam, have started planning for the implementation of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) under the UNFCCC, with support from their developed country partners.

In addition, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been working closely with developing country policymakers, most recently in Latin America, to identify ways to "convert INDCs into action."

Partnership on Mitigation and MRV9 March 2016: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV has reported that several developing countries, including Mexico and Viet Nam, have started planning for the implementation of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) under the UNFCCC, with support from their developed country partners. In addition, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been working closely with developing country policymakers, most recently in Latin America, to identify ways to “convert INDCs into action.”

The Government of Mexico and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), have been cooperating on policy design that can help Mexico reach the 2030 targets outlined in its INDC. To this end, from 25-27 January 2016, the country hosted a workshop with German officials, the private sector and the public sector to consider how to structure an emissions trading system (ETS).

In addition, Mexico’s Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) met with international experts from 10-12 February 2016 to discuss the most effective design for carbon pricing. Mexico has had a carbon tax since 2014 and is considering how the tax might be integrated into an ETS. Lastly, the Government is considering methodologies and accounting for tracking progress toward its goals, attending a workshop with Colombian and Costa Rican participants from 28-29 January 2016 to discuss measurement, reporting and verification (MRV). [International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV Press Release]

Soon after the Paris Climate Change Conference, held in December 2015, the Government of Viet Nam announced that it would elaborate a national roadmap for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In March 2016, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), with support from GIZ and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), hosted an interagency workshop with development partners and relevant stakeholders to identify opportunities, challenges and actions the country can take to achieve its INDC goals. Immediately following the workshop, a team of experts participated in a two-day writing retreat to draft the roadmap and prepare a High-Level Forum for April-May of 2016 to review the draft. [International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV Press Release]

CCAP, with a view to helping countries turn their post-2020 pledges into feasible and effective policies, measures and investment strategies, released a report in November 2015 titled, ‘Converting INDCs into Action.’ With the Paris Agreement adopted not long after the release of the report, CCAP has been focused on providing technical assistance to countries for INDC implementation. From 10-12 February 2016, CCAP hosted the seventh Latin America Regional Dialogue of the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN), which promoted turning INDCs into tangible nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), highlighted key considerations for the mobilization of financing, including from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and showcased implementation strategies for INDCs. [International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV Press Release] [Converting INDCs into Action]

In preparation for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, the COP initiated a process by which countries put forward their “bottom-up” pledges for post-2020 action. This pledge became known as an INDC and, thus far, 189 Parties have submitted INDCs. A country’s INDC will serve as its initial NDC when entering into the Paris Agreement, unless it decides to revise it and submit the updated version upon ratification or acceptance of the Agreement.

The CCAP is an independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on climate and clean air issues at the local, US national and international levels.

The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV was launched in the framework of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in May 2010 in Bonn, Germany, by South Africa, South Korea and Germany. The overall aim of the Partnership is to support a practical exchange on mitigation-related activities and MRV between developing and developed countries in order to help close the global ambition gap.

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