Cop22 will be judged a success if it promotes the SDGs alongside the climate agenda, observers say
It has been a little over a year since world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all over the next 15 years. And it’s been 11 months since 196 nations signed the Paris Agreement climate change agreement, which came into force in record time on 4 November. At the Cop22 climate summit this month in Marrakech, the pressure was on world leaders to come up with an implementation plan for both of these landmark agreements.
Both call on the private sector to play a large role in advancing their agendas. But whether the SDGs and the climate deal are sufficiently converging to seize shared momentum remains uncertain.
The two agreements were created on parallel tracks without a formal connection between their designated international processes: namely, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While there is a specific SDG on climate change (SDG 13), it simply refers to the UNFCCC as the primary forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.
The real test for both agendas is the extent to which they spur action by non-governmental actors, including businesses, writes...