29 November, 2019

Sustainable development through climate leadership — Opportunities for LDCs


Anne Zimmer, Claire Fyson, Emily Theokritoff, Ziaul Haque and Tenzin Wangmo

The climate action and sustainable development agendas are intrinsically linked. Limiting warming to 1.5°C will require systemic change that is integrated with sustainable development; at the same time, climate change action is itself one of the sustainable development goals.

Taking these linkages into account can yield important opportunities for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). So-called “co-benefits” arise when climate change mitigation measures create positive synergies with sustainable development. Incorporating these co-benefits when designing NDCs and making climate finance applications could help LDCs to achieve both ambitious climate action and sustainable development.

This briefing identifies areas where such positive synergies exist, and explores the potential for a transition to a more sustainable and efficient energy system based on renewable energy to generate sustainable development co-benefits in the LDCs.