How We Work

How We Work

The LEDS Global Partnership is an incubator for knowledge and solutions that can be scaled up, leading the way to climate-resilient low-emission development. 


LEDS GP engages leaders from over 300 institutions across government agencies, technical institutes, international agencies, and NGOs. It operates through regional platforms in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, and Latin America and the Caribbean and has six technical global working groups and a global secretariat. Developing country leaders in each region set priorities for learning, collaboration, and advisory support delivered collectively through the Partnership.

The LEDS GP is a  platform of climate leaders, that is owned by its members – providing an enabling environment for collaborative and ambitious climate action, learning and peer to peer exchange.


The Partnership is coordinated a global secretariat hosted by GIZ, guided by a steering committee. It follows the Latimer House Principles.

The Partnership’s work and collaboration is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Satety (BMU), the US State Department and US Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Commission, the Hewlett Foundation , the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and a range of other donors. The network has an innovative devolved and distributed leadership structure that places national needs at its heart.

LEDS GP simultaneously :
– reduce greenhouse gas emissions
– increase resilience to climate change impacts
– achieve social, economic and environmental development goals.

These strategies include national climate change laws, green growth strategies and plans, sectoral plans for low emission development, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the 2015 Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC. The Partnership does not adopt any particular definition of low emission development or low emission development strategies.


LEDS GP links practitioners and policymakers through a network of four dynamic regional platforms and six crosscutting working groups.

Knowledge Base

Supports effective development and implementation of new LEDS worldwide by national and subnational governments. To achieve this, LEDS GP harnesses the collective knowledge and resources of its global membership – drawn from 79 countries plus international donor and technical organizations, and involving over 300 institutions. CSSCopy

Membership is free to organizations, individuals and governments working to promote LEDS, LTS and NDCs at local, national, regional and global levels.

Regional & Crosscutting

LEDS GP operates through an innovative distributed leadership model. Regional institutions manage the platforms for Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, and their national and regional members identify key priorities.

Implementation happens through three Regional Platforms:

Africa LEDS Partnership


Asia LEDS Partnership