The freedom accorded to governments on how to achieve the ambitious and holistic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development raises the critical issue of how countries should adapt the Sustainable Development Goals at the national level. This paper presents an analytical framework that merges methods from complexity science with economic analyses to address this issue of adaptation.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a laudable attempt to portray a comprehensive global vision towards progress in a plethora of socioeconomic and environmental issues that we face today. However, this holistic view of progress presents countries with substantial difficulties in implementation in that the 17 goals and 169 targets are inherently complex and intertwined.
The Asia-Pacific least developed countries (LDCs) have been making remarkable progress towards meeting the criteria for graduation. However, the high level of economic vulnerability to exogenous shocks, particularly those associated with natural disasters and climate change, has repeatedly disrupted the graduation process, leaving doubts on the ability of those countries to sustain their development gains in the long run.
The small island developing States (SIDS) of the Pacific face unique development challenges because of their small size, remoteness from major markets, limited export base and exposure to global environmental challenges. Energy security and diversification of the energy mix have been major drivers for renewable policies and targets in the Pacific islands. This policy brief focuses on the targets for electricity generation from renewables set by Pacific SIDS and discusses the key policy considerations and challenges related to those targets.
This is the list of participants for the High Level Consultation Inception Meeting on Implementation of the Regional Drought Mechanism in Cambodia held from 4 Feb 2016 to 5 Feb 2016 at PhnomPenh, Cambodia.