Integration between SDGs and Climate Action Needed to Achieve the 1.5 Degree Target

27 March 2019

While mounting evidence indicates that the world is not on track to achieve the 1.5 degree Paris target and many of the SDGs, some research at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) provides hope, suggesting there are still ways in which policymakers could strengthen the integration between climate change and sustainable development. These recommendations serve as a contribution by IGES to the 2019 ECOSOC Thematic Focus Report, titled “Long-term impact of current trends in the economic, social and environmental areas on the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals". This will be used, in part, to inform preparations for the High Level Segment of ECOSOC, to be held on 19 July in conjunction with the High Level Political Forum (HLPF).

The IGES research leads to the following four recommendations that support the link between climate change and the SDGs:

  • 1. Policymakers should strengthen the integration between their SDGs and the Nationally Determined
    Contributions (NDCs)
  • 2. Climate policies need to account for the impacts of consumption patterns and lifestyle choices
  • 3. Aligning climate change with air pollution policies to achieve co-benefits is vital
  • 4. Voluntary Local Review (VLR) and a VLR laboratory can facilitate integration between climate and
    the SDGs

Further detail on the relevant research and recommendations is available at

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