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The Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) is a global accelerator of knowledge and solutions that lead the way to climate resilient and low-carbon development. It is a platform driven by climate leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean that enables collaborative and ambitious climate action, peer learning and innovation. The LEDS GP fosters country leadership and regional communities that enable the transformational changes needed for a low-carbon and climate-resilient development.

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The LEDS GP operates through country-driven regional platforms that support the implementation and enhancement of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Long-Term Strategies (LTSs) by helping its members define priorities, establish regional communities of practice on sectoral action and resource mobilization. Through our Communities of Practice and five Global Working Groups on energy, transport, agriculture, resource efficiency and finance we enable the delivery of technical support, knowledge sharing and peer learning for a broader replication and scaling up of climate actions. The LEDS GP fosters global learning, expert advisory support and the development and delivery of tools and methodologies that help drive the sectoral transitions to low-carbon and resilient energy, transport and agricultural systems. Since its foundation in 2011, the LEDS GP has consolidated its knowledge base and technical capacity. The network now connects more than 5,000 global practitioners, has supported the development or improvement of policies and measures that provide an enabling environment for the implementation of NDCs and LTSs. The LEDS GP engages leaders from over 300 institutions across government agencies, technical institutes, international agencies, and NGOs.  

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With its 10-year anniversary in 2021, the LEDS GP looks back on aneventful and dynamic decade in which it has successfully established a vibrant network of ambitious climate leaders. And – even more importantly – it is looking ahead: Priorities for the next years include further strengthening high ambition regional communities; mobilizing investment for priority projects; accelerating sector transformations to low emission, climate resilient systems; and coupling climate action with inclusive green economic recovery.

Low emission development strategies (LEDS), 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 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.

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Read the LEDS GP Work Program 2020-2021

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Network

LEDS GP links practitioners and policymakers through a network of three dynamic Regional Platforms and five crosscutting Global 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.

Join LEDS GP: Membership is free to organizations, individuals and governments working to promote LEDS at local, national, regional and global levels.

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Our services

  • Peer learning: Bringing together LEDS practitioners to share their experiences, lessons, and good practices through workshops, a Fellowship program, remote forums, and communities of practice.
  • Technical assistance: Our Climate Helpdesk service facilitates cooperation and develops, improves, shares, and enables access to analysis, tools and data, technical reports, good practice studies, and communication products.
  • Knowledge resources: Access to enable practitioners to champion LTSs and NDCs.
  • Early mover projects: Support to help progress specific aspects of LTSs and NDCs.

Click here for more information on our technical assistance service, the Climate Helpdesk

Regional

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.

Crosscutting

Technical working groups and affiliated programs support implementation through six crosscutting working groups:

 AFOLU Finance
 Benefits Subnational integration
 Energy Transport

Structure

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

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Click on the image for a summary of LEDS GP’s results framework for 2017-2020.

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.

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