While the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development resulted from separate negotiations, both reflect an understanding that development does not take place in a vacuum: the steps we take to reach one development goal can have significant implications for our other development ambitions.

The 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include many climate-related actions, and the national climate action plans (nationally determined contributions; NDCs) that set out countries’ individual commitments to achieve the Paris targets also cover development topics and actions that range far beyond a narrow interpretation of climate change mitigation or adaptation.

The new NDC-SDG Connections tool, developed by SEI and the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik; DIE), analyses and quantifies the points of connection between the NDCs and the SDGs (at the level of headline goals and individual targets). In doing so, it identifies potential points of synergy and opportunities for coordinated and coherent policy-making that can promote more effective and ambitious implementation of both agendas.

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