Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are a key stakeholder in national and international climate processes. They play a crucial role in contributing to bringing ground-level vulnerabilities into decision-making processes, providing technical support and research, advocating for ambitious action, creating awareness, building capacities, and enhancing resilience of the most vulnerable populations.

To ensure that CSOs engage in a consistent and regular manner and enable them to contribute constructively to NDC-related processes at country as well as international level, Southern Voices on Adaptation and SLYCAN Trust identified a number of gaps, needs, challenges, and recommendations through input gathered from CSO representatives via a survey and five thematic consultations:

The survey that was taken by 40 Southern CSOs indicated that while 82% of the participants were aware of the NDC process at their country level, 90% of them face challenges in engaging in the NDC review/updating process.

Among the key challenges highlighted by the CSOs are gaps and needs in technical capacity related to the NDC process; lack of access to coordinating institutional bodies and relevant information at the country level on the NDC updating process; restrictions to engage with policy makers due to lack of access to CSOs to decision-making processes; and a lack of awareness on the country-level processes related to the NDC review and update.

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Policy Brief – Civil Society Engagement in the NDC Process_Policy brief

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