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.