The goals of the Paris Agreement intersect both positively and negatively with the SDGs; progress on climate goals can therefore either help or hinder progress on the SDGs. The success of both can be helped by policy coherence, wherein countries promote synergies and address conflicts in the implementation of both the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030.

This event presented research findings on policy coherence in the joint implementation of the two agendas in six countries: Germany, Kenya, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the Philippines. Findings from all six countries indicate that when conflicts between climate and development goals occur, inequality – in different guises – is a recurring theme. As such, the aim of leaving no-one behind, an explicit pledge in the 2030 Agenda, can be severely compromised when climate and sustainable development policies clash.

With Kenya due to submit its VNR at the 2020 HLPF, the event took a deep-dive into Kenya’s experiences with overcoming policy incoherence between the climate and development agendas. Stakeholders from the Kenyan government shared their insights on how to enhance synergies and mitigate conflicts in order to make progress and minimize inequality trade-offs.

Panelists and speakers:

  • Zoha Shawoo, Research Associate, SEI Headquarters
  • Gabriela Lacobuta, Researcher, German Development Institute, Germany
  • Philip Osano, Acting Centre Director, SEI Africa
  • Stephen Odhiambo, Chief Economist, The National Treasury & Planning, Kenya
  • Ken Oluoch, Technical Lead – SDGs, Council of Governors, Kenya

About HLPF 2020

The High Level Political Forum is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level.

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2020 will be held from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. The theme of this year’s HLPF will be “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development “.