5 propositions for tackling climate change in the post-2015 development agenda

Written by Andrew Scott, ODI, and Leo Horn-Phathanothai, World Resources Institute, on the Independent Research Forum (IRF).

“The deliberations during the seventh session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, on 6-10 January, indicated a strong consensus that climate change should be integral to the post-2015 development framework.

This marks an important turning point in international development: historically, climate change and development have been addressed through separate tracks in the UN system. The real question therefore is no longer if, but how to include climate change in the post-2015 development framework.

It is straightforward to see why a strong consensus on addressing climate change in the post-2015 development agenda has emerged. Presentations to the OWG by two IRF members,World Resources Institute and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, help explain the huge overlaps between the converging climate change and development agendas, which can best be seen as two sides of the sustainable development coin.”

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