16 LDCs Including Vanuatu to Increase Their NDCs Implementation

The adoption of the Paris Agreement2 at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was an historic moment, providing a universal platform for all countries to take action towards a commonly agreed goal.

Central to the success of COP 21 were the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), 3 which were submitted by more than 190 countries during 2015.

At the 2019 United Nation Climate Action Summit in New York this week, 16 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) including Vanuatu have presented plans to increase the ambition of their NDCs & advance implementation.

The NDC sets out each country’s approach to reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate.

Since COP 21, countries have been invited to confirm these intentions by ratifying the Paris Agreement and submitting Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the UNFCCC.

In the future, countries will be required to submit updated and more ambitious NDCs every five years.

The UN estimates that the world would need to increase its efforts between three- and five-fold to contain climate change to the levels dictated by science – a 1.5°C rise at most – and avoid escalating climate damage already taking place around the world.