NDC and MRV launched

The Ministry of Climate Change and Natural Disaster (MCCND) launched Vanuatu’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Implementation Roadmap and Vanuatu’s Integrated, Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Tool yesterday.

The Vanuatu parliament ratified the Paris Climate change agreement on June 18th, 2016 and submitted its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and emission reduction targets to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).

Vanuatu’s NDC mitigation target is transitioning close to 100% renewable energy in the electricity (energy) sector by 2030.

The NDC Implementation Roadmap aims at providing a pathway for the implementation of specific climate change mitigation actions in Vanuatu which can assist in achieving the target defined in Vanuatu’s NDC.

The MCCND also launched Vanuatu’s Integrated MRV Tool for Climate Action Tracking.

Director General Mr. Jesse Benjamin says, “the launch of the NDC Implementation Roadmap and the Integrated MRV Tool is the outcome of the collaboration and mutual partnership with key stakeholders in the energy sector, private sector, NGOs, CSOs and development partners.

“The NDC Implementation Roadmap is aligned with the National Energy Roadmap and the overarching Government 2030 policy on National Sustainable Development Plan. The NDC Implementation Roadmap clearly articulates how to achieve the commitments of 100 percent renewable energy in Vanuatu by 2030’. Finally, the Ministry of Climate Change acknowledge the support from UNDP as a trusted development partner in the climate change sector in Vanuatu.”

The integrated MRV Tool is envisaged to enhance Vanuatu’s ability to achieve its mitigation NDC target through an MRV database and tool for quantification, monitoring verification and reporting of GHG emission reductions in the energy sector.

The integrated MRV Tool also enables Vanuatu to track the climate finance flow towards achieving the NDC goals along with Sustainable Development Goals and benefits.

Ms Alexandra Soezer, Climate Change Technical Advisor, UNDP NDC Support Programme says, “When talking about low carbon development, there is certainly recognition that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change are profoundly interconnected but it’s evident that a full integration of both agendas has not happened in most countries yet.

Vanuatu, in a first of its kind initiative, has moved towards effectively tracking progress on the NDCs and SDGs in an integrated manner through its integrated MRV Tool. A recent webinar provided an overview of the integrated MRV Tool and a detailed presentation of the top-down and bottom-up MRV features of the tool.”

The roadmap and the integrated MRV tool were developed under the technical assistance and funding support from UNDP’s NDC Support Programme.

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