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INTENDED NATIONALLY DETERMINED CONTRIBUTIONS (INDCS)

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)

The Conference of the Parties (COP), by its decision 1/CP.19, invited all Parties to initiate or intensify domestic preparations for their INDCs towards achieving the objective of the Convention as set out in its Article 2, without prejudice to the legal nature of the contributions, in the context of adopting a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties.

The COP, by its decisions 1/CP.19 and 1/CP.20, invited all Parties to communicate to the secretariat their INDCs well in advance of COP 21 (by the first quarter of 2015 by those Parties ready to do so) in a manner that facilitates the clarity, transparency and understanding of the INDC.

In pdf-icon decision 1/CP.20 it is further specified that in order to facilitate clarity, transparency and understanding, the information provided by Parties communicating their INDC may cover, as appropriate, the following, inter alia:
Quantifiable information on the reference point (including, as appropriate, a base year);
Time frames and/or periods for implementation;
Scope and coverage;
Planning processes;

Assumptions and methodological approaches including those for estimating and accounting for anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and, as appropriate, removals; andInformation how the Party considers that its INDC is fair and ambitious, in light of its national circumstances, and how it contributes towards achieving the objective of the Convention as set out in its Article 2.

http://unfccc.int/focus/indc_portal/items/8766.php