Japan has made a new contribution of approximately $42 million in climate finance to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to chart pathways for developing countries to implement their national climate commitments – also known as Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs.
Japan’s contribution will support UNDP’s work on the ground in 23 countries to achieve national goals in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Africa and Arab States regions. It will accelerate climate action that leads to clean energy and net zero pathways and help vulnerable communities and fragile settings to be more resilient to climate impacts.
“As the impacts of climate change intensify and countries face major decisions about their future, some of the world’s most vulnerable communities need more resources and support to build their capacity to take action. climate change,” said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. “This targeted contribution from Japan to UNDP’s ambitious Climate Promise initiative will help 23 countries build a net-zero future, helping them translate their climate commitments into high-impact actions on the ground. This includes innovative ways to decarbonize, to accelerate the energy transition clean-up, and adapt to the aggravating effects of our climate change.”
The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations states that “climate change is a global threat that countries must respond to collectively. In partnership with UNDP, Japan will promote social transformation in developing countries by encouraging them to invest in clean energy technologies, promote the development of next-generation energy infrastructure, and disseminate appropriate technologies needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, Japan is keen to support the implementation of the NDCs by each country and the employment of adaptation measures through the projects in 23 countries.
The UNDP Climate Pledge is the largest global offer of support to countries on their national commitments to the Paris Agreement. Together with its partners, the initiative is currently helping 120 countries, representing 80% of all developing countries in the world, to define their NDCs, involving stakeholders in government and society. To date, 94 of these countries have submitted NDCs to the UNFCCC and are currently working on their implementation.
During the first week of the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, last November, UNDP launched the next phase of the Climate Promise – From Promise to Impact – by stepping up support for transform the objectives of the NDCs into concrete actions. Japan becomes the biggest supporter of this phase of the groundbreaking initiative and joins long-time financial partners Germany, Sweden, EU, Spain, Italy, as well as new financial partners , including the UK, Belgium, Iceland and Portugal, to accelerate these efforts. in collaboration with the NDC Partnership.
The Government of Japan is also a critical partner in UNDP’s mission to end extreme poverty and accelerate structural transformations to recover better and greener from the COVID-19 pandemic.