COP 23 Event Explores Linkages between 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement
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‘The 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement: Towards a New and Coherent Development Paradigm at the National and International level’ convened on 10 November 2017, at COP 23.

Speakers also presented highlights from a forthcoming WRI-GIZ working paper that provides policy options for jointly implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement throughout the policy-making cycle, drawing on evidence from 14 country analyses.

10 November 2017: Convening at the German Pavilion at the Bonn Zone, a side event addressed how countries can advance both the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement on climate change to drive an overall transition towards sustainable, low-carbon, climate-resilient and inclusive societies.

The event titled, ‘The 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement: Towards a New and Coherent Development Paradigm at the National and International level,’ convened on 10 November 2017, with the participation of representatives of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), UN Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Mexico, Indonesia, Uganda, the German Development Institute (DIE) and the German Council for Sustainable Development.

Ingrid Gabriela Hoven, BMZ Director-General, described sustainable development and climate change as “two sides of the same coin,” and called for diverse stakeholders to exchange best practices for an integrated approach to the SDGs and NDCs. Mexico explained how it has bridged the SDG and NDC implementation processes through coordination between lead institutions, as well as the alignment of the budget with the SDGs, including climate action.

Indonesia and Uganda have integrated SDGs and NDC in their Mid-Term Development Plan and the National Development Plan II, respectively. Uganda’s Vision 2040 already presents the aspirations for an inclusive green economy and builds on principles like balanced, sustainable and equitable development. In Germany, Climate Action Plan 2050 sets ambitious sectoral emission reduction targets, as well as stringent initial implementation measures that complement the sustainable development strategy.

UN representatives underlined the linkages between the two implementation processes, and emphasized opportunities for synergies through institutional linkages and division of competencies within the UN system. They suggested that coherent implementation of the two framework agreements needs a common language. Progress on achieving the SDGs could be integrated into the Global Stocktake, which every five years assesses the collective progress towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Speakers also pointed out that in the coming years, countries have many opportunities to show substantial progress in that regard, including the Facilitative Dialogue in 2018, the 2018 and 2019 sessions of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and the sixth IPCC assessment report in 2019.

Speakers also presented highlights from a forthcoming WRI-GIZ working paper that provides policy options for jointly implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement throughout the policy-making cycle, drawing on evidence from 14 country analyses. The paper is complemented by two tools mapping intersections between the SDGs and the NDCs: the SDG-NDC module from Climate Watch, developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the NDC Partnership and a broad range of partners; and the NDC-SDG Connections tool, developed by DIE together with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (on behalf of BMZ), WRI and DIE jointly organized the event. [SDG Knowledge Hub Sources]


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