The right climate for development: why the SDGs must act on climate change

As world leaders meet in New York later this month at a summit convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the global fight against climate change, a new report highlights the crucial role a new set of Sustainable Development Goals must play in meeting the challenge. It says the goals, to be agreed next year, offer a vital opportunity for the international community to tackle the way that climate change is driving people into poverty. Written by CAFOD, CARE International, Christian Aid, Greenpeace, Practical Action and WWF-UK, it says it is now clear that without action to tackle climate change, efforts to eradicate poverty will be severely compromised. The work is in response to the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - the leading authority on climate science - that warns climate change is a massive threat to poverty reduction and sustainable development. The report, The Right Climate for Development: why the SDGs must act on climate change, says rising sea levels and the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as typhoons and floods – all the result of global warming – are claiming lives, damaging and destroying homes and infrastructure, reducing crop yields, and ruining employment prospects.

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