Many countries have started taking steps towards achieving the objectives of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). However, there are still numerous barriers that are significantly slowing down the implementation process, especially in developing countries.
In spring and summer of 2018, the NDC Support Cluster, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), conducted a series of workshops on NDC implementation within its four thematic work streams: governance, transparency, sector approaches and financing. These work stream topics represent important areas for exploring not only significant challenges, but also opportunities towards paving the way for transformative climate policy and implementing the Paris Agreement.
This paper summarises the key insights and main recommendations gained from the 2018 NDC Support Cluster workshop series for national and subnational governments and for the expert community supporting NDC implementation. In doing so, it builds on the ideas for a number of concepts designed to support NDC implementation, which were developed by the participants during the course of the workshops.