Paraguay’s Stakeholder Participation Process to Unpack the NDC Targets
Following the Paris Agreement, Paraguay undertook a rigorous and inclusive stakeholder participation process to ‘unpack’ the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets, resulting in the identification of 110 specific actions to achieve these goals (UNDP, 2017). These actions continue to be reviewed and prioritised by sectors in working groups to this date. In order to ensure synergies with national development priorities, this effort was undertaken in the context of addressing the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the National Development Plan Paraguay 2030. The process included representatives from all sectors at national and sub-national levels. Actions have been integrated into a draft NDC Implementation Plan that focuses on sector contributions as well as monitoring mechanism to quantify emissions through a national inventory system.
The process, led by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADES, for its Spanish acronym), is considered a good practice due to the participation of multiple stakeholders (public, private, academia and civil society), strong inter-sectoral cooperation, and the strengthening of sectoral emission reduction commitments as a result.