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Morocco, Ethiopia Submit INDCs

morocco-ethiopia10 June 2015: Since the month of May, the UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Morocco and Ethiopia submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) on 5 and 10 June 2015, respectively. These announcements bring the total number of parties that have submitted their INDCs to 40.

Morocco intends to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 32% by 2030 compared to business-as-usual (BAU) projected emissions, contingent on access to new sources of finance and enhanced support. This target translates into a cumulative reduction of 401 megatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2eq) over the period 2020-2030. According to the submission, meeting this target will require an investment of approximately US$45 billion, of which US$35 billion is conditional upon international support through new climate finance mechanisms, such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The INDC elaborates on Morocco's national circumstances and its commitment to climate change, its mitigation contribution and its action on adaptation.

Ethiopia intends to limit its net GHG emissions in 2030 to 145 Mt CO2eq or lower, which would constitute a 255 Mt CO2eq reduction from the projected BAU emissions in 2030 or a 64% reduction from the BAU scenario in 2030. Ethiopia's INDC highlights its mitigation contribution, its action on adaptation, and information on fairness, equity, ambition and means of implementation.

All parties to the UNFCCC are expected to submit INDCs in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, which will take place in December 2015. Those submitted by 1 October 2015 will be included in a synthesis report on their aggregate effect by 1 November 2015. Parties are expected to agree on a global climate change agreement to take effect in 2020 at the Paris Climate Change Conference. [UNFCCC Press Release on Morocco] [Morocco's INDC] [UNFCCC Press Release on Ethiopia] [Ethiopia's INDC] [UNFCCC INDC Portal]