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Title: Identifying Opportunities for Coherence between the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and the Sustainable Development Goals: The Case of ECOWAS Member States
Authors: Antwi-Agyei, Philip
Dougill, Andrew J.
Agyekum, Thomas Peprah
Stringer, Lindsay C.
Keywords: ECOWAS
Climate change
Sub-Saharan Africa
Mitigation
Adaptation
Agriculture
Sustainable development goals
Nationally determined contributions
Issue Date: Jun-2017
Publisher: Sustainability Research Institute
Citation: Sustainability Research Institute; June, 2017
Abstract: While the SDGs and INDCs are two of the most important policy frameworks of the twenty-first century so far, the interactions and trade-offs between the SDGs and the INDCs have not yet been analysed, especially in sub-Saharan African countries. Such analyses are paramount as their absence risks perverse outcomes for ECOWAS member states if they start assessing targets one after another without a coherent strategy. In particular, there is a lack of understanding on how the INDCs submitted to the UNFCCC can advance progress towards achieving the SDGs. This analysis was guided by the following research questions: i) what overarching priority areas or sectors to adaptation and mitigation are present in the INDCs of the member states of ECOWAS? ii) what kinds of alignments or coherence are present in the INDCs submitted by member states of ECOWAS and SDGs? iii) what are the co-benefits from the INDCs in contributing towards meeting the SDGs? iv) how are ECOWAS member states going to finance actions outlined in their INDCs submitted to the UNFCCC? The study used an iterative content analysis to explore the key themes for adaptation and mitigation and examined the key alignments between the SDGs and the INDCs of ECOWAS member states. The results show that agriculture and the energy sectors are top priority sectors where many of the INDCs have pledged various commitments. The analysis has also revealed significant alignment between the various mitigation and adaptation actions proposed in the INDCs and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, particularly across goals 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), 6 (access to clean water) and 7 (affordable and clean energy); 13 (climate action) and 15 (life on land). These alignments represent the opportunities and the various benefits that could be derived from the implementation of these INDCs in promoting the SDGs. The analysis reveal that ECOWAS member states will need international assistance (in the form of financial, technological and capacity building) to implement the various mitigation and adaptation actions outlined in their INDCs.
Description: An article published by Sustainability Research Institute; June, 2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/11581
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