Climate Finance & Sustainable Development

Climate Change and sustainable development are intrinsically linked, especially in developing countries where communities are striving to protect the livelihoods and well-being of their people. Without tackling the causes and impacts of climate change, key aspects of sustainable development are severely undermined; for example, food and water security, sanitation, and resilience of human settlements. In addition, many people still lack equitable access to scarce natural resources, and safe and sustainable energy. These challenges are coupled with the fact that developing countries have contributed little to the historic build-up of greenhouse gases that have led to the severe climate impacts that we are seeing today.

Therefore, the efforts to address climate change should be integrated into sustainable development policies while the development needs of communities and people in developing countries should be concretely reflected in European and international climate policy. Tackling our climate and development challenges should guarantee the safety and prosperity of people and ensure that the progress made towards a decent standard of living is not undone by climate crises.

For all these reasons CAN Europe is committed to working to bridge the nexus between climate change impacts and sustainable development through working on Agenda 2030 – the global Sustainable Development Goals – and climate financing of the EU and its Member States. CAN Europe follows and influences the implementation of the SDGs and how the EU will drive the global shift of financial investments away from polluting energy and into renewable and sustainable energy solutions. 

 

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Climate Finance

Agenda 2030: The Sustainable Development Goals

Changing finance to support climate ambition

Useful Climate Finance & Development Resources

Latest Publications

  • Letter from UN Secretary General urging EU leaders to ramp up climate action

    In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk leaked by the media last week, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged EU leaders to adopt a long-term vision for a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 and commit to increasing the EU's 2030 climate target to 55 percent reductions in emissions.
  • Letter to EU ministers on climate and environmental action in development funding

    Ahead of Foreign Affairs Council on 16 May, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Oxfam EU, ACT Alliance EU, Conservation International and Wetlands International write to EU ministers to highlight how the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) can support developing countries to scale up climate and environmental action and support biodiversity, fostering sustainable development.
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