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This edition of the World Economic and Social Survey contributes to the debate on the implementation challenges of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addressing the specific challenge of building resilience to climate change, the Survey focuses attention on the population groups and communities that are disproportionately affected by climate hazards. It argues that, in the absence of transformative policies which coherently address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development, building climate resilience will remain elusive and poverty and inequalities will worsen. To the extent that the differential impact of climate hazards on people and communities is determined largely by the prevalence of multiple inequalities in respect of the access to resources and opportunities, policies aimed at building climate resilience provide an opportunity to address the structural determinants of poverty and inequality in their multiple dimensions.
- 12 Aug 2016
Climate change resilience for sustainable development
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In 2015, world leaders took significant steps towards forging sustainable development pathways holding out the promise of eradicating poverty, reversing environmental degradation and achieving equitable and inclusive societies. From 25 to 27 September 2015, Heads of State and Government and High Representatives gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which will drive global efforts towards achieving sustainable development until 2030. Previous efforts gave impetus to the adoption of this Agenda.