When & where

31 May – 2 June 2023

Berlin, Germany

About the

Global NDC Conference

1. The conference

The Global NDC Conference has become an international forum to discuss about Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), inspiring practitioners and policymakers around the world to share, lead and contribute to their country’s NDC process.

2. The focus in 2023

Building on our last gathering in 2019, the Global NDC Conference 2023 will provide a safe space for networking, showcasing innovative ideas and positive examples of NDC implementation, and creating clarity around the NDC update process.

3. Past editions

Throughout the years, the Global NDC Conference has contributed to the conversation on NDCs. From sharing experiences on climate governance, finance, and transparency to inspiring policymakers and practitioners to accelerate the pace towards transformational climate action around the world.

Breakout Sessions
2023 edition

Please note that our agenda is in constant update and may be subject to changes.

31st May 2023

Governance and policy alignment for implementation

Official welcome & opening

Opening remarks and keynote by Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action at the Federal Foreign Office


Keynote speech by Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Panel conversation

This opening panel conversation focuses on governance and policy processes that enable just, feasible, and financeable NDCs. Panellists will share lessons learned from NDC implementation and the first NDC update cycle, will speak on the roles of different actors driving ambitious NDCs, and will look ahead to the next NDC update cycle.


  • Jennifer Sara, Global Director, Climate Change Group, World Bank Group
  • Pablo Vieira, Global Director, NDC Partnership Support Unit
  • Alice Dalrymple, indigenous women’s leader from the Kalinago Territory, Commonwealth of Dominica
  • Norbert Gorißen, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Action, Federal Foreign Office Germany
  • Pham Van Tan, Deputy Director General, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam 
  • Bernd Hackmann, Team Lead, Mitigation Division, UNFCCC Secretariat


  • Hajar Yagkoubi, moderator, public speaker and consultant
Breakout sessions
This session will focus on showcasing country examples of NDC and LTS integration and how implementing and development partners are aligning support for NDC and LTS integration.

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This session will address the financial, governance and inclusion related barriers to increasing ambition in implementing NDC adaptation priorities in relation to the national adaptation plans (NAP) and showcase innovative approaches to scaling up adaptation ambition.

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For this session, participants are invited to discuss and evaluate collectively their own lessons learned from the last updating cycle and develop priorities and recommendations for 2025, getting inspired for their own context and engagement area.

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The session aims to generate insights and recommendations for enhancing coordination and cooperation across sectors and levels of government to promote effective implementation of climate change action in the water-energy-food-ecosystem nexus.

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The session will present the status quo of integrating the Just Energy Transition (particularly coal exit) into NDCs by showing best practices of JET integration.

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The session will highlight the connection between transparency and NDCs and the ramifications at the national level. Moreover, it will explore the role of transparency beyond reporting in the international climate agenda.

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This session will highlight the importance of indigenous and women’s voices in climate action by featuring key experts and indigenous leaders as well as present some illustrative examples of successful state practice incorporating human rights and gender considerations in climate action and in NDCs more specifically.

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Coming back together
Reception at BMWK

Welcome by Anja Hajduk, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

1st June 2023

Mobilising finance for implementation

Optional mind & body practices
Welcome back

Keynote speech by Dr Robert Habeck, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Keynote speech by Dr Günther Thallinger, Member of the Board of Management, Sustainability and Investment Management, Allianz SE

Panel conversation

This panel conversation will focus on approaches to mobilising finance for NDC implementation with perspectives and experiences from private and public sector actors.


  • Hubert Danso, CEO & Vice-Chairman, Africa Investor Group
  • Jo Puri, Associate Vice-President Strategy and Knowledge Department, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Andy Deacon, Co-Managing Director, Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM)
  • Prerna Soni, Freelance Finance Expert
  • Shameela Soobramoney, CEO, National Business Initiative, South Africa


  • Helga van Peer, lawyer, mediator, independent board member
Group photo & break
Breakout sessions
This session will present and dive into step-by-step guidance for countries to develop and strengthen their climate commitments into actions through the preparation of climate investment plans based on current best practices collected by the NDC Partnership. Stages covered will include investment planning capacity, investment needs identification and prioritization, and investment mobilization.

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This session will showcase examples of countries who have conducted sectoral financial assessments to evaluate investment needs for climate conscious development pathways.

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This session will engage and inform the audience on how projects in the global carbon markets play a crucial role in mobilizing financial tools and set ambitious goals to increase carbon-saving projects.

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In this session, participants will learn about integrated financing approaches and respective instruments to put a green financial transformation into practice.

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This session focuses on the capacity building elements required to access international climate finance.

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The session will raise awareness of the urgent need and opportunities to scale urban climate finance, and ongoing urban efforts. We will debate solutions to help scale finance for urban climate action. There will be a particular focus on how to scale urban adaptation finance and increase vertical integration.

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The session aims to foster a meaningful exchange of insights on successful public-private-IFI partnerships, delve into the challenges that hinder the effectiveness of proposed actions, and explore ways in which we can collaboratively bridge the adaptation finance gap.

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Industry decarbonization and the Climate Club
This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities for industry decarbonization and provide background on the open and inclusive international Climate Club. The Club was established to support the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement by accelerating climate action and increasing ambition, with a particular focus on the industry sector. 
  • Vera Rodenhoff, Deputy Director General, International Climate Protection, International Energy Transition, BMWK
  • Francisco Ulloa, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Chile in Germany
  • Rana Ghoneim, Chief, Energy Systems and Industrial Decarbonization Unit Decarbonization and Sustainable Energy Division, UNIDO 


  • Juliane Nier, co-founder and senior consultant, Edge Effects 
Challenge buster & deep dives into initiatives

A space to find solutions together – in a participant-driven peer-to-peer advisory process (challenge buster) and in deep dives into the following initiatives:

  • From vulnerability to prosperity – a deep dive into the V20 Climate Prosperity Plans
  • GAIA Blended Finance Platform by MUFG
  • Greening central banks to align financial flows to the Paris Agreement by NDC Partnership
  • Enhancing climate finance transparency for mobilizing climate finance flows by ICAT and CCAP
  • City Climate Finance Gap Fund – taking NDCs towards climate action in cities
  • The role of Blended Finance in mobilizing private capital at scale for Emerging Markets, both Debt and Equity by Allianz
Coming back together
Dinner cruise with conversations on NDC implementation

Address by Philipp Behrens, Head of Division International Climate Initiative, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

2nd June 2023

Raising ambition through innovation and scale

Optional mind & body practices
Welcome back
Introduction to the Mitigation Action Facility & Call launch

The session will combine high-level interventions and a fireside chat with representatives from Mitigation Action Facility Donors and a partner country representative. A part will be on the 2023 call for projects 


  • Zoe Norgate, Deputy Director, International Net Zero – Green Finance and Capability, UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
  • Anja Hajduk, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Fireside chat with donors:
  • Philipp Behrens, Head of Division International Climate Initiative, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
  • Mitul Mistry, Climate Multilaterals Team, International Net Zero: Climate Finance & Strategy, DESNZ
  • Sonia Medina, Executive Director, Climate, CIFF
  • William Mugabo, Rwanda country representative, NDC-Partnership Co-chair


  • Maria Paz Cigaran, Executive Director, Libelula
Fishbowl on ways to scale

This fishbowl conversation will discuss innovative examples of climate actions strengthening NDC implementation and ambition raising that could be scaled up and replicated in different contexts.


  • Sandrine Kamikazi, Technical Advisor to the CEO, FONERWA
  • Deger Saygin, Industry Programme Lead, OECD Clean Energy Finance and Investment Mobilization (CEFIM)
  • Christopher Marks, Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)


  • Cassie Flynn, Strategic Advisor on Climate Change and Head of the Climate Promise, UNDP
Innovation hubs (Round 1)
The following initiatives will be featured in this innovation hubs:
  • Let the private sector do the work for you – with the Lab of Tomorrow by GIZ
  • Preview of the new CATAL 1.5°T initiative – funding, knowledge and tools for Latin American and West African climate-tech communities by GCF and GIZ
  • Climate Finance Accelerator by UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
  • Involving youth in the climate decision-making process 
  • Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
  • Transforming the livestock sector in Honduras by Mitigation Action Facility
  • Climate action collaboration, innovation and technical support through the Global Climate Action Partnership (GCAP)
  • ClimateWatch: Your One-Stop Data Shop for NDCs, Long-Term Strategies, and Net-Zero Targets
  • Ocean Action Tracker
  • Using Augmented Intelligence to support the Global Stocktake by Climate Policy Radar
  • A view from space: how to scale up the use of satellite data to implement and update NDCs (STAARS project by Climate Group)
  • Open Planetary AI: Collaborative learning models for Planet Earth by Ærth
  • The energy transition as a catalyst for youth and social development by Student Energy
  • Engaging with private sector and subnational governments for energy sustainability by Mitigation Action Facility
  • Reimagining a greener future through penta-helix model collaboration: a case study of Indonesian Youth by Society for Renewable Energy
  • Cool up: Upscaling sustainable cooling by Government of Jordan
  • Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA)
  • Fostering Private Public Partnerships to enhance NDC Implementation by Better Living Initiatives – Global (BLI Global)
  • Energy efficiency investments for industrial decarbonization by Mitigation Action Facility
  • Climate Finance Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GFLAC)
  • Building resilience, unlocking investments: The potential of Resilience Credits by IFAD
  • Innovative Financing to Support Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Vulnerable Groups by Department of Environment Antigua and Barbuda
  • WI REDI to Tackle Climate Change by Directorate of Gender Affairs, Antigua and Barbuda
  • The decision that I was not consulted is the decision that is affecting me today. Who set the targets for NDC and who is the real implementor? By Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, Kenya  
  • Pulling the right levers to deliver multilevel climate action by GCOM
  • Aiding Ambition: The power of foreign assistance to catalyse and support ambitious climate action by USAID
  • Decarbonising transport by ICCT and GIZ
Innovation hubs (Round 2)
For further information please see Innovation hubs Round 1
Walk back to plenary room
Closing & action planning
Close and coffee
Free evening
News & stories
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We are grateful to all the contributors for their support in making our conference possible. Further contributors will be announced in the upcoming days.