Determined action to combat climate change and minimise its disruptions is integral to the successful implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The infographic by adelphi illustrates that in order to implement the Paris Agreement and the agenda 2030, both agendas need to be pursued in an integrated way.
On the one hand, climate action and development policies can be mutually enhancing. For example: Land restoration, ecosystem protection and climate-smart agriculture reduce emissions and simultaneously secure livelihoods, especially for small-scale producers (SDG2). This will help prevent grievances and conflicts over scarce resources (SDG16).
On the other, inaction as well as poorly designed climate policies undermines sustainable development. Natural hazards and gradual environmental degradation lead to reversals in poverty reduction, destroy livelihoods, and place communities at risk. For example: Climate change is likely to disrupt food security (SDG2) and water availability (SDG6). As women bear a disproportionate burden with respect to providing for food and water, climate change can undermine gender equality (SDG5). Conversely, unsustainable agricultural practices and food waste accelerate climate change.
Climate diplomacy can help integrate climate change and development policies. Diplomats can assist by positioning the interlinkages between climate and development on the agenda of governments, international and regional organisations, private sector and civil society. Communicating the strong linkages between Paris and the SDGs and promoting integrated approaches will foster policy coordination between different actors.
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