Intended Nationally Determined Contributions

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions

Countries across the globe committed to create a new international climate agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) and finalize it in Paris in December 2015.

In preparation, countries agreed to publicly outline what post-2020 climate actions they intend to take under a new international agreement, known as their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The INDCs were to determine whether the world achieves an ambitious 2015 agreement and put the world on a path toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. 

The cut-off date for the submission of INDC was 1st October 2015 so that the UNFCCC secretariat can prepare a global synthesis report on the aggregate effect of the INDC communicated by Parties before the Paris Conference.

The Government of Lesotho through the Lesotho Meteorological Services therefore implemented an INDC project entitled “Preparation of Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the 2015 Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)”.

The Lesotho INDC project was funded by GEF and implemented through the UNEP regional initiative to assist Least Developed Countries in developing their INDCs.

In December 2015 in Paris Agreement, it was agreed that a country's INDC will be  converted to a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) when it formally joins the Paris Agreement by submitting an instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, unless a country decides otherwise.

Lesotho’s INDC was therefore reviewed with new targets and resubmitted as Lesotho NDC in June 2018.

Lesotho ratified the Paris Agreement on the 20th January 2017.

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