Part 3 - Beyond2015

Outcome document discussion
The top-line thematic message must:
• Address what are the inequality issues of the theme.
• Qualify the specific inequality challenges of the theme (as
opposed to why the theme is important in itself) and how the
post 2015 Framework should tackle these challenges.
• As a whole the set of recommendations from every theme must
address the following points:
• - How will the recommendations relate to a standalone goal on
• - How will the recommendations relate to mainstreaming the
inequality issues of theme across the new Framework?
• - How are the recommendations universally applicable (binding
for all countries, both developed and developing)?
Climate change, poverty eradication and sustainable
development cannot be tackled as separate entities. Climate
change is rapidly becoming the greatest threat to poverty
eradication, having an impact on many aspects of development
and making existing inequalities worse. It is essential that the
Sustainable Development Goals respond to this urgently.
The IPCC shows that climate change will affect the
success of almost all the development goals proposed in July
this year by the UN Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. In
turn, the SDGs will either reduce or increase the risk to the
world’s poorest people- who, according to the IPCC, are the
most vulnerable to climate change.
Rising sea levels and more frequent and intense
extreme-weather events, for instance, are worsening poverty
and inequality in many regions, destroying or damaging homes
and property are worsening due to impacts on framing and
rising food prices.
• Robust action to achieve emissions cuts and resilience to the impacts
of climate change must be integrated throughout the SDGs and
reinforce in a strong standalone goal on climate.
• To address climate change and related inequalities effectively the SDGs
must signal the end of the fossil fuel era and an accelerated transition
to 100% renewable energy future for all by 2050.
• The cornerstone of the SDGs commitments must be ambitious
mitigation and adaptation commitments and actions from all countries,
the nature and stringency of which will vary depending on their
common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities
• Action under the SDGs should be in line with a 1.5ºC temperature goal
(a. carbon budget).
• Governance: Citizens participation- management
• Capacity building – best practice experience
• Invitation to improve civil society participation, resilience and quality
of governance.
• Discrimination: name what groups we mean- challenges to women,
indigenous people, children
• Think more creatively – marginalized disadvantaged.
• Energy efficiency- rethink and adjust patterns of consumption and
• Financing- mitigation and financing has to be accountable for global
Thank you:
Lina Dabbagh
Climate Action Network
[email protected]