The 2030 Agenda. Towards sustainable development in fragile states?

Marc Baxmann

June 2016; 4 pages

Global Governance Spotlight 4|2016 (pdf)

In December 2015, a new climate agreement was delivered in Paris. In substantial terms, it managed to break the over 20-year old strict separation of the world into developed (“Annex I”) and developing (“non-Annex I”) countries in terms of their mitigation commitments, and marked a paradigm change from the Kyoto-Protocol-style top-down mandatory absolute emission reduction targets to a more bottom-up system of voluntary pledges of diverse types. Climate finance has remained a crucial component of the agreement.

In the Global Governance Spotlight 3|2016, Dr Paula Castro and Dr Carola Betzold discuss where the Paris Summit has moved forward regarding climate finance – if it did move forward at all. They focus on three central issues: the overall volume of climate finance, its sources and its distribution. Further, they give recommendations how to make climate finance commitments credible.

With the integration of a comprehensive peace dimension, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development lays the basis for a new form of engagement with fragile and conflict-affected states – and hence for the eradication of extreme poverty, the reduction of violence, and the narrowing of social and political inequalities. But with "business as usual", these states will not reach the ambitious objectives of the Agenda. In the Global Governance Spotlight 4|2016, Marc Baxmann from FriEnt therefore discusses a set of crucial measures to ensure that the peace dimension achieves its full impact.

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