Published by
Ambition to Action (A2A), Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), New Climate Institute

NDC Update Report - Linking NDCs and SDGs

In this special edition of the NDC Update Report, the authors focus on the relationship between Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and explore how climate and development actions can support each other.

The two agendas are not only deeply intertwined at the international level; their interconnectedness extends down to the level of specific actions. Implementation of measures to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions may lead to impacts – both positive and negative – on development goals. This idea is not new: work on better understanding and thus maximising the ‘co-benefits’ of climate action has been ongoing for several decades, and suggests some very positive relationships between climate goals and social, economic and environmental objectives. Ultimately, successful integration of the two agendas will rest on the coherent design and implementation of actions that maximise synergies between climate and development goals.

A number of detailed studies have investigated how specific mitigation and adaptation actions can impact the SDGs. However, few tools are available which highlight and point at potential linkages for practical use to help a diverse set of policymakers develop an initial understanding of where to prioritise actions, to maximise synergies, and understand trade-offs between potentially conflicting policy goals.