NDICI Programming: An opportunity to deliver on the European Green Deal ambition in the EU’s international partnerships

Posted on 04 September 2020

The European Green Deal can offer a framework for the EU to draw up the NDICI priorities in a way that helps tackle social inequalities, climate and environmental breakdown, and the need to improve long-term resilience, by taking a consistent approach across the board, and aiming clearly at a green, equitable, socially just and resilient development and recovery plans in partner countries in the Global South.
In December 2019, the European Commission set out the principles and ambitions of the European Green Deal, which should guide all policy and decision making of the European Union going forward, such as achieving climate neutrality, preserving biodiversity, as well as fulfilling the international commitments in line with the Paris climate agreement, biodiversity goals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
These principles must also guide EU Delegations (EUDs), European External Action Service (EEAS) and DG International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) in their programming process of the EU instrument for the 
Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation (NDICI) for the period 2021-2027, as well as the economic recovery from Covid-19 of partner countries outside Europe. 
This paper lays out the principles and recommendations of WWF for prioritising and mainstreaming the environment and climate in the NDICI programming at country, regional and global level. The objective is to deliver on the ambitions of the European Green Deal. It builds on recommendations from a joint NGO paper ‘Making the European Green Deal work for International Partnerships’ and a joint NGO statement ‘European Green Deal must strengthen partner countries’ recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.
NDICI Programming and the European Green Deal