Regional Report on: “Climate Change Ambition in South Asia and COVID-19 Recovery Affecting the Nationally Determined Contributions of South Asian Countries”

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The Paris Agreement envisages NDCs actions incrementally to build resilience and raise ambitions to address climate impacts across the globe. Consistent local implementation of NDCs is crucial to fill the large gap between the climate targets and the fair share of the Parties. However, the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the global and national focus away from climate action and constructive engagement between stakeholders. It made the conditions for active CSO engagement for climate action difficult. In this context, the report provides an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on achieving the NDC and also establishes linkages between the NDC and SDG agendas and the synergies of impact.