Published | 23rd July 2015

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TWIN TRACKS: Developing sustainably and equitably in a carbon-constrained world

We cannot deliver sustainable development without tackling climate change, and we cannot tackle climate change without addressing the root causes of poverty, inequality and unsustainable development patterns.

2015 is an important year. It provides opportunities for the global community to address the twin challenges of climate change and sustainable development, respectively through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Post-2015 development processes. The latter agenda includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Financing for (Sustainable) Development Process (Ff(S)D). Understanding and realising the synergies between these parallel and interlinked processes will be vital if the goals of either are to be successfully achieved. Although both processes approach their aims from different starting points, they both recognise the need to eradicate poverty, and both require a just transition towards equitable and sustainable economies and societies.

The purpose of this Twin Tracks report is to provide an overview of the mutually supportive elements of the UNFCCC and Post-2015 SDG process to be the basis for further discussions.

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