Policy Brief
SDGs, DRR and CCA: Potential for Strengthening Inter-linkages
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SDGs, DRR and CCA: Potential for Strengthening Inter-linkages

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Author: 
R. Shaw
2016-07

This policy brief identifies approaches that could help achieve better synergies in implementing three major global frameworks dedicated to sustainable development (SD), disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) on the ground via programmatic integration, collaboration, capacity, and innovation. The salient messages from this policy brief are:

1. The world has arrived at a crucial turning point with the inception of three major global frameworks dedicated to sustainable development (SD), disaster risk reduction (DRR)
and climate change adaptation (CCA). A coordinated response is now needed from all relevant stakeholders to maximise implementation on the ground.
2. At the global level, while SD, DRR, and CCA interlinkages are acknowledged, DDR is weakly linked to the Paris Agreement. Linking CCA with DRR by strengthening national
and local level adaptation planning and implementation would assist here, and loss and damage can provide ample opportunities for this to take place.
3. At the national level, the economic aspect is key to sustainable development in many countries—DRR and CCA can assist in economic development objectives of most
developing and least developed countries without compromising environmental integrity or increasing disaster risk.
4. At the local level, strong convergence of SD, DRR, and CCA calls for greater collaboration among related stakeholders with adaptive management—not just in
drafting broad plans and policies but also actual implementation, monitoring and evaluation, via collaboration among local governments, local experts, non-government
organisations and business sectors.
5. This policy brief identifies approaches that could help achieve better synergies in implementation of these frameworks on the ground via programmatic integration,
collaboration, capacity, and innovation. Focal Points at national and sub-national levels could mainstream and monitor the progress of indicators and targets in the three
frameworks, as well as ensure convergence of these frameworks takes place on the ground.

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