People Power and the Sustainable Development Agenda

Climate change is increasingly the greatest threat to achieving sustainable poverty reduction.

Dr Jim Young Kim (President, World Bank Group) stated that “…climate change is a fundamental threat to economic development and the fight against poverty. …unless the world takes bold action now, a disastrously warming planet threatens to put prosperity out of the reach of millions and roll back decades of development.”

Now more than ever, awareness is growing that a lack of action on climate change is the biggest threat to development, human rights and poverty elimination. Currently, world governments are negotiating within two separate processes to achieve agreements on a new Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and a global climate action plan. Both of these negotiation processes are scheduled to conclude by the end of 2015. Climate change and development are two sides of the same coin. Failure in resolving one problem will lead to failure in the other.

CAN members believe an economic development model is required that is sustainable, equitable and just, while recognizing planetary boundaries (including climatic limits) and human rights. We are working on ways to integrate climate into the Post-2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through various joint submissions, workshops and roundtables. Some CAN members in conjunction with Beyond 2015 members, have developed several discussion papers on how climate change can be integrated and mainstreamed through the agenda with “climate-proofing”, as well as through a stand alone climate change goal.

Currently, CAN is developing its own position on climate change and the Post-2015 agenda. Last year CAN also officially represented civil society on a UNDP/UNEP steering committee to provide input to the Environmental Sustainability Thematic discussions that led to a formal report. The UN Consultation online platform has been launched and is well underway for the Environmental Sustainability thematic. Sign up and participate in the discussions to ensure the voice of civil society is heard!

This initiative is undertaken in partnership with Beyond2015 and CAFOD- Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. If you would like to engage or provide input please get in touch with the CAN International Secretariat.


Position Papers

CAN and Beyond2015 have produced two position papers to be submitted to the UN Thematic Consultations on both Environmental Sustainability and Energy