Sustainable Development

This section covers issues related to the mainstreaming of climate change issues in development processes, as well as the way the impacts of climate change may hinder progress towards achieving development goals. Activities related to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development are highlighted in this section.

EU Ministers Call for Policy Coherence in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

EU16 December 2014: The Council of the European Union (EU) discussed and adopted the conclusions of its Foreign Affairs Council on coordination of international aid efforts in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, highlighting the need to approach the issues in a “truly transformative” manner and to promote policy coherence.

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Scientific Advisory Board Reviews Progress, Discusses 2015 Inputs [viewed]

United Nations11 December 2014: The UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) convened for its second meeting, to define the Board's future programme of work in line with major 2015 UN events and processes, including negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF); and the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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ECLAC Warns Against Increasing Climate Change Impacts in LAC [viewed]

ECLAC10 December 2014: A report, published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), warns that climate change impacts in the region are already significant and will likely become more intense in the future. The report, titled ‘The economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development,' was presented during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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Forum Promotes Climate Action through South-South Cooperation [viewed]

UNEP8 December 2014: The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum, held in parallel to the Lima Climate Change Conference, established the basic value proposition and importance of South-South cooperation, identified its enablers and constraints, and outlined options and mechanisms for promoting it. Through discussions with practitioners, policymakers and academics, the Forum contributed to integrating South-South cooperation into negotiations on the post-2015 climate change agreement.

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World Bank Explores Climate Change-Poverty Relationship [viewed]

fao-worldbankNovember 2014: The World Bank Group has published a paper that explores the relationship between climate change and poverty by examining the impact of climate change on: poor people's livelihoods and wellbeing; the risk for non-poor people to fall into poverty; and the ability of poor people to escape poverty. The document, titled ‘Climate Change and Poverty: An Analytical Framework,' proposes four “channels” that determine household consumption and through which households may escape from or fall into poverty: prices, assets, productivity and opportunities.

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GEF COP 20 Side Event Highlights Climate Action in Cities [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: Cities need to be at the heart of the transformation to a low-carbon economy, according to Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Speaking at an event on 'Sustainable Cities to Address Global Environmental Benefits,' she highlighted the rapid rate of urbanization globally and cities' contribution to energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Synergy Among Development, Disaster and Climate Agreements [viewed]

UNDP7 December 2014: “Coherence across the poverty eradication, disaster reduction and climate agendas is essential for inclusive, low emission and climate-resilient development,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said in a session on ‘Zero Poverty. Zero Emissions. Within a generation?' during the Development & Climate Days at the 20th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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ECLAC Updates Study on Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo5 December 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published an update of its study ‘The Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development,' which provides an overview of expected climate impacts in the region, as well as subregional and national figures. The report explains that, while growth in the region has led to improved economic and social conditions, it has had negative impacts on the environment, economy and society as a whole, including through more air pollution in urban areas and a deterioration of natural assets, such as water resources and forests.

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IEA Releases 2014 Insights on Energy, Climate Change and Environment [viewed]

IEA10 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) addresses the interconnections between climate change policies and the global energy sector in its report 'Energy, Climate Change and Environment: 2014 Insights.' The report presents: ways to retire high-emission assets, such as coal plants; important lessons for designing an emissions trading system (ETS); examples of co-managing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and trends in energy metrics.

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UN-REDD COP 20 Event Examines REDD+ Post-2015 [viewed]

limacop208 December 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) organized a high-level dialogue to explore a post-2015 vision for REDD+ as a catalyst for sustainable development and the 2016-2020 role of UN-REDD. The side event, 'Looking Forward: REDD+ Post 2015,' convened on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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