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Track 0 and Climate International Network (CAN International), held a major side-event at COP23 called “Solutions For 1.5 0C and the Sustainable Development Goals”.

The event launched a major new publication by Track 0 & CAN International called “A Compendium of Solutions for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Staying Below 1.5 0 C.” The report will soon be available for download here.

Keynote speakers at the event included H.E, Dr. Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands, Christiana Figueres, Convener, Mission 2020 and Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and the UN Secretary-General’s Representative for Sustainable Energy for All. The main Findings of the Report were presented by Farhana Yamin, Founder and CEO of Track 0 and Dr Stephan Singer.

Track 0 and CAN produced this Compendium to demonstrate the abundance of technologies and policy solutions that can be rapidly scaled up to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement in ways that contribute positively to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our groundbreaking Compendium supports the process of aligning climate and development goals by assessing suitable technologies and by providing concrete case studies.

Speaking at the event, Track 0’s CEO said “there are an array solutions set out in the Compendium suggesting there may be no need to turn to expensive and contested carbon dioxide removal solutions that secure few SDG benefits when there are so many safe, cost-effective and tried and tested SDG-friendly solutions at hand.”

President Heine said the Compendium is timely and useful encyclopedia for both climate and development policy experts. It acts as an evidence base and can be used by policy makers to craft climate-friendly, SDG achieving policies. It does so by showcasing existing and new technologies and policy solutions, backed up with case studies, demonstrating how each solution can be rapidly scaled up to deliver both the SDGs and help us stay on track for 1.5 0 C . The Report also gives an assessment of the cost, risks and untested nature of carbon dioxide removal and their relative contribution to the SDGs.

There is widespread agreement that the SDGs adopted by the United Nations in 2015 cannot be achieved without ambitious action to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement. There is insufficient understanding in the climate policy community of how policies relating to climate and to development can be integrated to deliver multiple benefits. Accelerating decarbonization in the energy sector before 2050, while securing energy to those who lack it, is a first necessary forward for implementing both Paris and the SDGs.  But there are many sizeable and SDG-friendly climate solutions in other sectors that can be implemented rapidly in the crucial pre-2020 period. These solutions range from improving soil health, reducing food waste, increasing the number of energy efficient homes and life style and behavior changes such as reduced meat consumption that are beneficial for personal and planetary health.

Currently, assessments of Parties Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) show these are not commensurate with pathways to keep global temperatures below 20 C let alone the safer limit of 1.50 C. Parties and non-state actors need to raise their game now.

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