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Title: How best to align planning for Nationally Determined Contributions and Sustainable Development Goals: West African Lessons
Authors: Antwi-Agyei, Philip
Dougill, Andrew
Issue Date: Mar-2018
Publisher: Sustainability Research Institute
Citation: Sustainability Research Institute Briefing Note Series No. 13
Abstract: This note summarises a West African regional analysis of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) developed for the Paris Climate Agreement, to assess their alignment to global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to national sectoral policies. Implementation challenges are explored in-depth for the case of Ghana, where a national multi-stakeholder workshop was held to investigate opportunities for greater policy coherence and the implementation challenges faced across different Government departments. We investigate the following questions: i) Which priority sectors are mentioned in relation to climate adaptation and mitigation in the NDCs of West African states? ii) Are the NDCs of West African states well aligned with the SDGs? iii) What are the co-benefits (and/or trade-offs) of NDCs in contributing towards the SDGs? and iv) How are West African states planning to finance actions outlined in their NDCs? Results show that agriculture and energy are priority sectors where NDCs have pledged significant commitments. The analysis displays good alignment between climate adaptation and mitigation actions proposed in NDCs and the SDGs. These represent opportunities within the NDCs that can be harnessed through their integration into national sectoral policies. However, discussions in Ghana identify significant challenges relating to institutional capacity, a lack of co-ordination amongst various institutions and agencies and insufficient resources in moving towards integrated implementation of national planning priorities to address both NDCs and SDGs. National governments need to enhance institutional capacity and funding support for co-ordinating bodies to ensure greater alignment between the NDCs and SDGs.
Description: An article published by Sustainability Research Institute Briefing Note Series No.13, March-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/11644
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