UNFCCC Executive Secretary Highlights Climate and Sustainable Development Interlinkages, Stakeholders Launch Initiative to Advance SDGs
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In an op-ed, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa calls for a concrete examination of the key interlinkages between the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.

She notes that countries' long-term low emission development strategies and national climate plans are mutually reinforcing.

A global partnership between government, business and civil society has launched P4G, an initiative to foster partnerships for green growth and the SDGs.

20 September 2017: In a recent UN Association – UK (UNA-UK) op-ed, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa has highlighted the close interlinkages between climate change and sustainability. In related news, a global alliance of leaders from government, business and civil society have launched a new initiative aiming to foster inclusive, equitable and sustainable economic growth.

Pointing to a “sustainable, resilient and secure way of life” as the common goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Espinosa underscores that “climate and sustainability are mutually supporting goals,” and notes that action on climate change will contribute to the success of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Espinosa highlights the interlinkages between SDG 13 (climate action) and SDGs 1 (no poverty), 3 (good health and well-being), 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 7 (affordable and clean energy) and 8 (decent work and economic growth).

Emphasizing the growing climate threats and impacts being seen across the globe today, Espinosa calls for a concrete examination of the key interlinkages between the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda. Noting that “the pathways to a future free from the worst impacts of climate change exist,” she cautions that “only the full participation, action and common understanding by all – governments, states, cities, business, investors and citizens – will achieve the future we want.”

Calling for synergistic policy making and for governments, and civic and business sectors to work together, Espinosa refers to climate change action and sustainability as mutually reinforcing, noting the interlinkages between SDG 13 (climate action) and SDGs 1 (no poverty), 3 (good health and well-being), 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 7 (affordable and clean energy) and 8 (decent work and economic growth). [UNA-UK Climate 2020 Publication]

On 20 September, during Climate Week NYC 2017, a global alliance of leaders from government, business and civil society launched an initiative aiming to foster inclusive, equitable and sustainable economic growth. Known as P4G, ‘Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030,’ the platform aims to create a space for innovative partnerships with businesses, national and city leaders, financiers and community advocates to develop solutions in support of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. Announced by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the initiative will make available a fund of US$4 million per year in financial support for P4G partnerships. [WRI Press Release] [WRI at Climate Week NYC 2017]


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