The Paris Agreement and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are both universally accepted political visions, which mark a paradigm shift: from a top-down approach, from international mandates to a bottom-up process, from a country-centred implementation process. However, the limited interaction between the processes of the two agendas, both globally and nationally, may hinder their effective implementation. In addition, aggregate analyses are lacking to improve understanding of potential overlaps, gaps and conflicts between the main instruments for implementing the two agreements, the NCCs and the SDGs. These analyses are essential to improve the political coherence of plans and strategies and improve the effectiveness of the implementation of both agendas. This document is intended to fill this gap. This joint non-online course on climate change – The CSNSC proposes a comprehensive and integrated approach to climate change and highlights the links and interactions between sustainable development and climate change to make informed policy decisions for low-carbon, climate-resilient sustainable development. Unlike the less collaborative format of traditional massive online races (MOOCs), UNSSC courses combine reproduced components with synchronous and asynchronous activities that include approximately two hours of knowledge acquisition, two hours of real-life scenario knowledge and training application, as well as group work and collaboration with colleagues. In addition to self-learning, participants in UNSSC online courses also benefit from live webinars with renowned experts on sustainable climate change and sustainable development, which allow virtual interaction between instructors and participants in real time. The course will frame the impact of climate change and action on five pillars of the 2030 agenda: humans, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.
The authors conduct a comprehensive analysis that examines the extent to which climate measures contained in countries` NDCs combine with the 17 SDGs. The analysis, based on the results of the NDC-SDG connection tool, highlights both the areas in which sustainable development is located and which are directly addressed by climate change, and those that are not currently involved in the activities of the NDC. The paper shows that the actions described to varying degrees in the NMPs promote synergies with national development priorities, which reflect the agenda by 2030. The authors note that a large number of climate activities support, for example, SDGs 7 (clean and affordable energy), SDGs 15 (life on land) and SDGs 2 (zero hunger), but that there are significant gaps in the SDGs such as the SDGs 5 (gender equality), SDGs 1 (not poverty) and SDGs 16 (peace and justice).