19 September 2019: In support of the UN Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit on 23 September, UNDP is scaling up its support to developing countries through “UNDP’s Climate Promise: Ambition, Acceleration and Mobilization."
The UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner, presented this scaled-up commitment of support yesterday at the UNDP Climate Summit Flagship Event: Global NDC Outlook Launch & Climate Promise Event in New York. The Administrator announced a commitment of 25 million USD to start making it a reality.
The UNDP 'Climate Promise' is aimed at helping 100 countries enhance their national pledges (what are known as NDCs or Nationally Determined Contributions) under the Paris Agreement by 2020 – this is the heart of UNDP’s ‘Climate Promise.’
In his statement at the event, the Administator said UNDP is proud to launch its “Climate Promise”.
"The aim is to ensure that as many countries as possible revise and submit enhanced pledges (NDCs) by 2020, with demonstrated increase in ambition, and in line with the Secretary-General’s call on countries to come to the UN in September with “concrete, realistic plans”.
"We promise to walk by countries’ side as they take their climate responsibilities seriously," the Administrator added.
"This promise will be implemented in close coordination with key partners, including the NDC Partnership as part of the Climate Action Enhancement Package, the Government of Germany, and the European Union. As part of our role in advancing an integrated approach to development, we will focus on helping countries to align climate plans with the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda."
Additionally, UNDP will expand its portfolio to play its part in scaling up global action on climate. By 2030, UNDP will help 100 million people gain access to clean energy, restore 100 million hectares of degraded lands and conserve another 500 million hectares. By 2030, UNDP will mobilize an additional US$3 billion for climate action in 100 countries.