Background Climate policy is inevitably also development policy

Should the international community fail to achieve the global climate targets, there will be far-reaching and partly irreversible consequences. What are known as “tipping points” in relation to the world's climate are on the verge of being exceeded.

Even if global warming were to be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the speed at which sea temperatures are rising would accelerate, and sea levels could rise by several metres over the long term. Entire regions would be at risk of becoming excessively arid or could become uninhabitable on account of excessive heat or flooding. The rise in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events would pose a threat to humans and the environment.

Due to evaporation and periods of drought, the current drinking water supply in Tanzania is no longer secure.
Due to evaporation and periods of drought, the current drinking water supply in Tanzania is no longer safe.

Developing countries are particularly hard hit. Hard-won economic and social achievements in terms of reducing poverty, hunger and disease and improving education and participation are in jeopardy.

Climate-neutral and climate-resilient development, on the other hand, offers tremendous opportunities for economic development and poverty reduction. For instance, decentralised energy supply systems based on renewable energy sources not only protect the climate but also help to reduce energy poverty and promote economic and social progress even in remote regions. Climate-resilient water supplies are vital to people's survival, especially in periods of drought, and facilitate sustainable development.

Learn more about the role of international cooperation in achieving our climate goals as well as the sustainable development goals by watching the video displayed below. It presents the results of a study by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the NewClimate Institute commissioned by the BMZ which you can find here: Working together to achieve the Paris climate goals and sustainable development: international climate cooperation and the role of developing countries and emerging economies ( (External link)

Still from the video 'Climate and development – the role of international cooperation'
Climate policy and sustainable development belong together! Only when all nations pull in the same direction, it will be possible to secure a stable climate as a global public good, and guarantee the conditions for sustainable development. Learn in this video about the role of international cooperation to achieve both agendas: the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.