Interconnections Conference May 2017

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda (including 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the Financing for Development Process) and the Paris Climate Agreement offers a unique opportunity to move towards more integrated and balanced development. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without addressing climate change whose impacts have the potential to halt or even reverse development achievements. Conversely, actions to address climate change mitigation and adaptation should also deliver on core issues of sustainable development, including poverty alleviation, food security, gender equality and human rights.

As the world moves towards implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, the years 2017-2030 are crucial. To ensure a timely transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon and climate resilient future, national governments need to make ambitious efforts. However, a full transition will also require efforts by other stakeholders, such as businesses and investors, civil society organizations and faith communities, and local and regional authorities. Fortunately, in recent years, we witness an emerging groundswell of climate and sustainable development actions by a wide range of state and non-state actors. A growing number of non-state and subnational climate and sustainable development actions are registered at the UN. Various platforms have also emerged to support, track, and scale up such actions, for instance the Southern Climate Partnership Incubator (SCPI) seeks to foster partnerships in the Global South; the Financial Innovation Platform (FIP) identifies and pilots finance instruments to scale up SDG interventions; and UNEP’s Climate Initiatives Platform collects and tracks information on international cooperative climate initiatives.

The strategic engagement of state and non-state actors and cooperative initiatives can create synergies between multiple political processes that address climate change and sustainable development, for instance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the High Level Political Forum, UNFCCC, the New Urban Agenda, G20, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). However, such engagements involve stakeholders across developed and developing countries to deliver equitable results. Integrated implementation is especially crucial for sustainable development in developing countries as they are particularly vulnerable. Against this background, the Interconnections conference will convene leading scholars, leading experts, and policy makers from relevant fields to exchange ideas and to build bridges between sustainable development and climate change.

The Interconnections Conference will address the following questions:

  • Which linkages between multiple political processes addressing sustainable development and climate change can foster synergies and propel the transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon and climate resilient future?
  • Non-state and subnational actors and cooperative initiatives are relatively underrepresented in developing countries, how can such actions deliver sustainable and climate smart solutions across both developed and developing countries?
  • How to increase national and local capacity, including financing, for actions that deliver on both agendas?

The Interconnections Conference will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Bonn Climate Change Conference (8-18 May) in order to stimulate exchange between policy and research.

Call for Papers (Deadline extended: 18 February 2017.)

We invite abstracts (max. 250 words) for research papers as well as for discussion and briefing papers that address one or more of the above questions. We look for contributions from around the world, and provide limited travel and accommodation funding for participants from developing countries. For more information see download section.