Aligning Development Co-operation and Climate Action

The Only Way Forward

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Climate change is altering the ecological and social systems that underpin human well-being and economic activity, and developing countries are particularly vulnerable to its impact on the growth and sustainable development prospects of every sector and community. Being part of the solution requires all providers of development co-operation to align their activities with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. However many still lack the mandates, resources, incentives and strategies to do so. This report outlines how providers can make changes at home, in developing countries and in the international development co-operation system, to help create low-emissions, climate-resilient economies, and how they can avoid supporting activities that lock the world into an unsustainable future.



Accelerating the transition to low‑emissions, climate‑resilient development pathways

How the climate crisis is handled today and in the coming years will determine the rise of average global temperatures and our ability to adapt to increasingly frequent and severe climate impacts. In each scenario, the impacts on development will be huge. Climate change threatens every sector and community, but especially those in developing countries and particularly the poorest and most vulnerable. However, in spite of the relationship between development and climate change, there is no systematic global effort to align development co-operation with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. This chapter outlines the key challenges as well as a way forward for providers of development co-operation.


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