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FEATURE STORY December 1, 2019

Supporting Countries to Act on Climate


  • The 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25) will take place in Madrid, Spain, from December 2 to 13 under the Presidency of the Government of Chile.
  • The World Bank Group is helping countries both cut emissions and adapt to climate risk.
  • Discover how the Bank Group’s NDC Support Facility is helping five countries - Chile, the Kyrgyz Republic, Morocco, Mali, and São Tomé and Príncipe – achieve low-carbon and climate-resilient development.

Four years on from the signing of the Paris Agreement, representatives from over 200 countries will gather in Madrid, Spain, to kick-start the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25). It is a key milestone before next year’s critical COP which will take place in Glasgow, by which time countries are expected to come up with more ambitious national targets, known as “Nationally Determined Contributions,” or NDCs.

It is doing so as a contribution to the NDC Partnership, a coalition of more than 150 countries and international institutions, to mobilize technical and financial resources to accelerate climate action in countries. Here are five snapshots of that work in action:



Scaling up clean mobility in Latin American cities gets a boost through the Clean Bus project. The project has also helped mobilize a multi-sectoral community of leaders committed to achieving the region’s climate mitigation goals. Learn more



How has the system helped ensure the accountability of climate finance, enabling the country to mobilize climate finance from different sources? And how is quality data helping the Kyrgyz Republic bolster the implementation of its NDC and boost its climate ambition. Learn more



Other impacts - rising temperatures, reduced rainfall, growing water scarcity, and encroaching sands of the Sahara on oases and fragile ecosystems – are also already taking place. Morocco has mounted a robust response to these challenges working on analytical studies, economic models and capacity building initiatives for cross-sectoral climate policy planning and coordination. The country’s experience of bringing together different ministries and partners for policy planning has been invaluable not only for implementing its own NDC but also for other countries in the region that can benefit from adopting similar platforms to bolster climate action. Learn more



.Developing the plans have also helped to bring on board a wide range of stakeholders from public, private and civil society; improved policymaking and private sector investment in projects; and helped forge strong partnerships across sectors and ministries. Similar investment plans have also been developed in Morocco and Cote D’Ivoire. Learn more



 By deploying a GIS system, government officials can incorporate climate risks when planning infrastructure such as roads and public buildings, ensuring that they are built at a safe distance from the shoreline. In place since 2018, the platform is transforming the way planning and line ministries collaborate with each another and helping donors identify investment opportunities that support adaptation actions in a variety of areas including those relating to the relocation of communities to safer zones, nature-based adaptation solutions, such as mangrove plantations, and building resilient transport infrastructure. Learn more