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The climate change-sustainable development nexus: A proposal for convergence

Posted on: 29 November 2013
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This  thesis  is  founded  on  the  proposition  that  climate  change  and  sustainable development are inextricably linked with each other and form a “nexus” that should be understood in a pragmatic and holistic way.  Accordingly, the climate change “problem” cannot be adequately addressed in “silos” or by traditional output control techniques but instead should be viewed as a multidimensional challenge that calls for transformative change in the world energy sector in light of the wider contexts of sustainability and social equity.  This thesis observes that with the  emergence of a post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United  Nations, the world is at or  is  fast  approaching  an  inflection  point  in  global  development.  While efforts  to improve the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process are laudable, this thesis argues for a transformative approach to converge international collective action on climate change with the broader frameworks of global sustainable development  processes. This thesis makes a proposal for the convergence and integration of the UNFCCC and  sustainable development work streams, and suggests that China consider taking a leadership role under the broad aspirational goal of building “eco-civilization”.

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