This paper reviews what is known about the impacts of climate change on eight development goal areas and shows that it is essential for climate change to be addressed in order not to compromise development efforts. It argues that climate change will have wide-ranging consequences, direct and indirect, on development and poverty reduction, affecting the achievability of any future development goals.
It also considers the need to adapt to climate change and to ensure that resilience to more frequent extreme disasters is built. This paper shows that, however the agreements are finally reached, the outcomes of all three processes - the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the post-2015 process for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) - are inter-dependent to a great extent, and the aim should be comprehensive integration of the issues.
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