Liberia is now a member of the National Determine Contribution Partnership through the workings of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On behalf of the Government of Liberia, a request was submitted to the Secretariat to the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Partnership seeking membership on the margin of the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland.
Article 6 of the UN Paris Agreement,requires parties to implement their NDC as a plan of action in addressing Climate Change at national level that in order to contribute to the global contributions in protecting the climate and environment in the area of mitigation and adaptation and at the same time, promoting sustainable development goals and environmental integrity thereby reducing poverty.
In response to Liberia’s request by the Executive Director of the EPA, Hon. Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr., the outgoing Co-chairs of the Federal Republic of Germany and Morocco endorsed the membership of Liberia. The endorsement was granted and officially communicated to the EPA boss based on Liberia’s dedication towards pursuing ambitious climate actions and enhancing sustainable development.
The NDC Partnership is a new coalition of governments and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive tools and support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effective as possible .The Partnership is also open to countries and international institutions that are committed to ambitious implementation of nationally determined contributions under the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
By joining the NDC Partnership, Liberia as amember will gain access to a global network of knowledge and resources to support the nation’s work in climate change. Additional benefits include,acquiring access to a large network of partners that can deliver a flexible array of services geared towards implementation of NDCs; through targeted technical assistance and capacity building; knowledge products of fill information gaps; and enhanced financial support; opportunities for knowledge sharing and learning; and increasing access to information and building a peer community around other countries that are implementing their NDCs.
The NDC Partnership was officially launched during COP22 conference in Marrakech, Morocco on November 15, 2016.