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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, including 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 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.

A key piece to the climate and sustainable development puzzle is the role of international financial support and means of implementation. As the number of challenges posed by climate change grow so too must the level of support going to countries and people that are impacted. An agreement to provide climate finance was established to just that; while development funding continues to assist actions on issues such as health, education and governance, climate finance should be delivered to help countries take on more recent problems directly associated with climate change mitigation and adaptation. Therefore, it is essential that the EU ramps up its support for developing countries to enhance both key development goals and to build climate change resilience and adaptation on the ground. This support will guarantee that people can meet their development needs through low-carbon solutions.

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. 

Financial Transaction Tax: a tool to fund our futu…

By Maeve McLynn, Policy Coordinator Climate Change and Development At the Paris Agreement signing ceremony last week, the French Presi...

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Climate Finance: supporting solutions & action…

Although wealthy developed countries hold most responsibility for creating the climate crisis, the worst impacts of climate change dispropor...

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Innovative sources of climate finance: How the EU …

Innovative sources of climate finance: How the EU can guarantee to provide consistent and predictable support

At the 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen, developed countries committed to contribute 100 billion dollars annually by 2020 to assist develop...

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The Bonn download: CAN Europe reflections on clima…

As the UNFCCC negotiations wrapped up at the newly finished World Conference Centre in Bonn, there was a feeling of slow and fractional prog...

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  1. InnovativeFinance Position EUversion FinalInnovativeFinance Position EUversion Final (Details) | Size: 482.47 KB | Added On: Mar 07, 2016
  2. CAN Europe Letter to Finance Ministers ahead of the ECOFIN Council on 10th November 2015CAN Europe Letter to Finance Ministers ahead of the ECOFIN Council on 10th November 2015 (Details) | Size: 197.68 KB | Added On: Nov 05, 2015
  3. Sustainable Development Goals Relevance for Climate and EnergySustainable Development Goals Relevance for Climate and Energy (Details) | Size: 173.9 KB | Added On: Sep 29, 2015
  4. CSO letter to Vice President Timmermans on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentCSO letter to Vice President Timmermans on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Details) | Size: 519.76 KB | Added On: Sep 17, 2015
  5. InnovativeFinance Position EUversion FinalInnovativeFinance Position EUversion Final (Details) | Size: 56.59 KB | Added On: Jun 29, 2015
  6. CAN Position Climate Finance Package for Paris June 2015CAN Position Climate Finance Package for Paris June 2015 (Details) | Size: 546.77 KB | Added On: Jun 20, 2015
  7. Briefing on Climate Change and Financing for Sustainable DevelopmentBriefing on Climate Change and Financing for Sustainable Development Locked by Ania Drazkiewicz 4 months ago (Details) | Size: 510.04 KB | Added On: May 06, 2015
  8. Letter to Turkish G20 President on Fossil Fuel SubsidiesLetter to Turkish G20 President on Fossil Fuel Subsidies (Details) | Size: 234.95 KB | Added On: Feb 06, 2015
  9. CAN Europe Letter to Ministers ahead of October ECOFIN Council (Oct 2014)CAN Europe Letter to Ministers ahead of October ECOFIN Council (Oct 2014) (Details) | Size: 104.75 KB | Added On: Oct 02, 2014
  10. Climate Change and the Post-2015 Development AgendaClimate Change and the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Details) | Size: 170.06 KB | Added On: Apr 25, 2014
  11. CAN Europe letter on post-2015 development framework  (24 May 2013)CAN Europe letter on post-2015 development framework (24 May 2013) (Details) | Size: 156.57 KB | Added On: May 24, 2013
  12. NGO Briefing Paper on Climate Finance in the MFF (September 2012)NGO Briefing Paper on Climate Finance in the MFF (September 2012) (Details) | Size: 132.5 KB | Added On: Jan 28, 2013
  13. NGO Proposed Ammendments for MMR (18 Sept 2012)NGO Proposed Ammendments for MMR (18 Sept 2012) (Details) | Size: 141.5 KB | Added On: Sep 18, 2012
  14. CAN-Europe Climate Finance priorities 2012 policy briefing (February 2012)CAN-Europe Climate Finance priorities 2012 policy briefing (February 2012) (Details) | Size: 179.5 KB | Added On: Jun 15, 2012
  15. CAN-Europe Green Climate Fund briefing (February 2012)CAN-Europe Green Climate Fund briefing (February 2012) (Details) | Size: 40 KB | Added On: Jun 15, 2012
  16. CAN-Europe MMR Article 17 Proposed Ammendments (March 2012)CAN-Europe MMR Article 17 Proposed Ammendments (March 2012) (Details) | Size: 97 KB | Added On: Jun 15, 2012
  17. Mind the climate finance gap presentation, EGI (JUNE 2012)Mind the climate finance gap presentation, EGI (JUNE 2012) (Details) | Size: 655.5 KB | Added On: Jun 12, 2012
  18. Mind the climate finance gap presentation, EGI (JUNE 2012)Mind the climate finance gap presentation, EGI (JUNE 2012) (Details) | Size: 655.5 KB | Added On: Jun 12, 2012

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Maeve McLynn
Climate and Development policy coordinator
Direct line: +32 2893 0950
Email: maeve/at/caneurope.org

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