Interactive discussions around country cases showcasing integration of climate objectives and a range of SDGs through national policies, strategies and programmes.
Mr. Felice Zaccheo, Head of Unit, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
The UNFCCC has adopted a platform that specifically seeks to engage indigenous people and local communities in climate action, by sharing local knowledge and shaping national action. A better understanding of co-benefits of climate action and sustainable development in a local context can spur more deliberate action and collaboration towards realizing them.
Yet efforts at embedding the two sets of goals in local development plans often lack an integrated approach. The issuance of different guidance for mainstreaming SDGs and the NDC tends to overload planning processes and does not help local policy makers identify linkages between these agendas. Updates of standard planning guidance, to be followed by all institutions, can spur and support sector and local planners to identify linkages and select priorities based on benefits for the two agendas.