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How a High-Ambition Global Climate Deal Will Help Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Governments will agree in this year 2015 on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period to 2030, as well as a new global climate agreement, which will take effect from 2020. Together, these could set the course for environmental sustainab...

Supporting Ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contributions: Lessons Learned from Developing Countries

Some of the key learning points that have emerged from this diverse experience, was summarized in this Working Paper. This Working Paper should be seen as a companion volume to CDKN’s ‘Guide to INDCs’ (2015), which provides a practical example of ...

Regional Implications of the AGF Recommendations: Africa

The key messages reflected in this document are as follows: The Advisory Group on Climate Finance (AGF) report presents many opportunities for climate compatible development in Africa – development that minimises the harm caused by climate impac...

The EU and the Progressive Alliance Negotiating in Durban: Saving the Climate?

"This paper has discussed international climate change, and in particular the UN Durban Climate Summit held in December 2011, from an international relations perspective and by drawing on the literature on negotiations and EU foreign policy. It i...

Supporting International Climate Negotiators: Lessons from CDKN

"A global climate deal that reflects the interests of the poorest and most climate vulnerable countries is possible only if climate change negotiators from these countries take part in international climate negotiations. A limited number of other ...

Drivers and Challenges for Climate Compatible Development

"What does it take to design and deliver CCD? Policies and institutions for CCD are always part of a larger policy landscape; they are subject to numerous external drivers and influences. As the CDKN guide to green growth, it is important for plan...

Harnessing Geothermal Energy: The Case of Kenya

"Kenya’s heavy reliance on hydroelectricity production has made the country vulnerable to climate change impacts, such as drought and erratic rainfall patterns. Kenya needs to develop a more resilient and stable supply of electricity, while rapidl...

Supporting International Climate Negotiators: A Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

"The poorest and most climate vulnerable countries have the most to lose from climate change, but are often unable to fully represent their interests in international climate negotiations. Since July 2011, CDKN’s Negotiations Support programme ha...

How Can the Green Climate Fund Initiate a Paradigm Shift?

"World leaders and governments paved the way for the establishment of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreements made at the Conference of Parties (COPs) in Copenhagen (2009) ...

Climate Diplomacy: Seeing the Bigger Picture

"Climate diplomacy is the practice of managing negotiations under the current international climate regime. One of its aims is to deliver a global agreement in 2015 that will limit the global temperature increase to a maximum of 2°C and creat...

Direct Access to the Adaptation Fund: Lessons from accrediting NIEs in Jamaica and Senegal

"This policy brief explores the experiences of two of the earliest accredited NIEs: the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and Senegal’s Centre de Suivi Écologique (CSE). Their experiences during the AF accreditation process uncover key chall...

Making Renewable Energy Affordable: the South African Renewables Initiative

"South Africa is a country with a predominantly coal-fired electricity system and ever-growing energy needs. Use of renewable energy resources for electricity generation is currently almost non-existent, but the potential is great. Through its ne...

South Africa’s Municipal Integrated Development Plans

"The IDP is the principal statutory planning instrument for local governments in South Africa. In both cities, climate change interventions were initiated prior to the inclusion of climate change as a strategic priority in the IDP, which almost c...

Achieving Development Goals with Renewable Energy : The Case of Tanzania

"Lack of reliable access to electricity is a significant barrier to economic development and job creation in Tanzania. Currently, only 14% of the population has access to electricity; in rural areas the electrification rate hovers around 2%. Power...

From Vulnerability to Resilience: Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) in Niger

"Challenging climatic conditions, limited arable land, intense population pressures and a history of political upheaval have undermined Niger’s development prospects – 60% of its people live on less than $1 per day. For decades, Nigerien farmers c...

Working Together for REDD+: Developing a National Readiness Strategy in Tanzania

"A global REDD+ mechanism presents valuable opportunities for developing countries to manage their forests sustainably and alleviate poverty. Tanzania stands to benefit significantly from the funding and support provided by the implementation of ...

Climate and Development Outlook: Stories of Change from CDKN Issue No 5

The first article in this newsletter is an interview with Stephen King’uyu where he expresses the hope that the statement ”Green future beckons for Kenya” will be true as he and many of his compatriots draw breath at the end of an intensive, year...

Climate and Development Outlook: Stories of Change from CDKN

"This edition of Climate and Development Outlook provides examples of lessons learned in a wide range of activities by our partners across the developing world. You can read about national climate finance initiatives by the governments of Rwanda,...

Climate and Development Outlook: Stories of Change from CDKN Issue No 8

"Rwanda is pioneering steps towards a climate resilient green economy. This publication summarises CDKN’s partnership work with Rwanda to date, highlighting key achievements and signposting further information.In “Rwanda: Pioneering steps toward...

Climate and Development Outlook: Issue No 7

This issue deals with negotiations support. The first article covers climate diplomacy in the Republic of the Marshall Islands as they are coping with drought and rising sea levels. The second article looks at the new digital divide where global c...

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