IIASA scientists contributed to a new UN report focusing on the importance and potential benefit from synergistic action with regard to climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report highlights potential knowledge barriers and major political and economic challenges and provides recommendations to address them.
The report titled, Synergy Solutions for a World in Crisis: Tackling Climate and SDG Action Together, was launched on the margins of the UN SDG Summit, marking the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Climate Ambition Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General in support of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. These two critical global agendas are both far off-track.
The publication was co-convened by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) and was produced with the support of IIASA. The report draws on the conclusions of other recent materials produced by the UN such as the UN Sustainable Development Report: Special Edition 2023, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Synthesis Report 2023, highlighting a need for urgent action, as well as a need for innovative methods of simultaneously dealing with developmental challenges and climate change.