Joint implementation of the 2030 Agenda / SDGs and the Paris Agreement

Several landmark international policy documents were adopted in 2015. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development defines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ranging from hunger and poverty reduction to climate protection, nature conservation, peace and justice. The Paris Agreement commits both industrialised and developing countries to the mitigation of climate change and adaptation to it. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction defines seven objectives and four priorities for action to reduce existing vulnerabilities to disaster risks, prevent new ones and strengthen the resilience of the population to natural or man-made hazards. Five years after their adoption, the question arises as to how an ambitious implementation of these processes can be strengthened. One approach is to make better use of the synergies and mutual "side benefits" (co-benefits) between the policies and to intensify coordination and cooperation between the processes.

Against this background, the project pursues the following objectives:

  • Analysing synergies between the SDG process, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework, in order to better achieve the objectives of these processes. For this purpose, promising co-benefit approaches will be elicited as well as challenges;
  • Identifying elements for sustainable adaptation pathways and the design of transformative climate adaptation that can be useful for the joint implementation of SDGs and the Paris Agreement;
  • Supporting the technical debate in the run-up to the High Level Political Forum 2021;
  • Strengthening promising approaches for the joint implementation of SDGs and the Paris Agreement.

The project is financed by the Umweltbundesamt and carried out by Öko-Institut (project leader) together with the Free University of Berlin (Environmental Policy Research Centre, Academy of Disaster Research) and Ecologic Institute for the German Federal Environment Agency.