Marshall Islands (Republic of)

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is a coral atoll nation dispersed across nearly two million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean comprising 1,156 islands and 29 other atolls with an average elevation of just six feet above sea level. Due to is geographic location, RMI is one of the world's most climate vulnerable countries. While RMI may contribute only a negligible 0.00001% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the country has a proud history of prominent climate leadership on both the national and global stage.

NDC Target

The Republic of the Marshall Islands submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to the UNFCCC Secretariat on 21 July 2015 - becoming the first country in the world to do so. No further revisions were undertaken and the same document was endorsed and submitted as the First Nationally Determined Contribution on 22 April 2016. Following this, the RMI revised and enhanced its NDC, becoming the first country in the world to submit a second NDC on 22 November 2018 ahead of the COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

Conditional (100.00%)

Unclear - what % is conditional, ie is only possible if external funding is available.

Unconditional (0.00%)

Unclear - what % is NOT dependent on external funding and will be done by RMI on its own?

The Republic of Marshall Islands has an ambitious commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to at least 32% below 2010 levels by 2025 and further to at least 45% below 2010 levels by 2030. These targets progress beyond RMI's Copenhagen Pledge and are based on the  more rigorous data from RMI's upcoming Second National Communication.

RMI is also the only country to have committed to a gender-responsive and human rights based approach in all NDC related planning, programming and implementation.

Target Sector

Mitigation

  • Electricity, transportation (land and sea), waste and cooking and lighting. 

Adaptation

  • RMI commits to producing a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) to support its NDC. The NAP will set out short, medium and long-term milestones to adapt to the impacts of climate change and transition to climate resilience. This National Adaptation Plan will also suggest implementation measures and a plan to generate the necessary financing.
Target Year
2025
Activity Implementation Year
2021

Current Activity

The NDC Hub is working in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) on a Rapid Assessment on MRV systems for RMI's Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

Progress

The Marshall Islands Electricity Roadmap (2018) which is based solely on its NDC was developed and launched at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24), in Katowice, Poland in 2018. Note: This is an output of RMI's climate action and policy work independent of the Pacific NDC Hub.

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Yes, our NDCs are very ambitious. But our NDCs are a reflection of our commitment and perseverance to our climate change efforts. Through the Regional Pacific NDC Hub and other partners, it is with high hopes that we can meet our goals.

- Republic of the Marshall Islands, National Energy Office

Marshall Islands's NDC Journey

The Intended Nationally Determined Contribution for the Marshall Islands was submitted in 2015.

The Enhanced Nationally Determined Contribution for the Marshall Islands was submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat at the end of 2018.

Contact details in-country team

Angeline C. Heine-Reimers

Regional Pacific NDC Hub Focal Point

Director

National Energy Office

Ministry of Environment

E: [email protected]

Benjamin Wakefield

Regional Pacific NDC Hub Alternate Point

Deputy Director

National Energy Office

Ministry of Environment

E: [email protected]

 

The Regional Pacific NDC Hub is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of United Kingdom, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand