A new UNCTAD Policy Brief addresses the relationship between trade and climate change policy as it enters a new phase in 2015, with significant changes in the policy landscape emerging from the adoption by the United Nations of a universal post-2015 development agenda, sustainable development goals and a climate change agreement.
The year 2015 may well go down as a landmark year, with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and some agreements at the Conference of Parties (COP) 21. Expectations from both are huge. Knowledge exchange and transfer will be key for achieving the expectations of both.
In 2015, global leaders aspire to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, a financing framework to support them, and a framework agreement on climate change. Youth engagement throughout the design and implementation process is critical for success.
The Stockholm World Water Week’s focus on “Water for Development” comes at an opportune time. Water as a sector in world affairs is reaching a tipping point. Over the next two decades and more, the global push for food and energy security and for sustaining urbanization will place new and increasing demands on the water sector.