Putting climate change on the map

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Last week, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), an Indian think tank on energy, environment and sustainable development issues, launched an app that enables mapping the linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), submitted by countries to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Currently it covers ten Asian countries.

Asia, being the fastest growing region as well as source of significant greenhouse gas emissions in the future, bears critical focus in the climate change community. The region is home to a vast majority of the global poor and highly vulnerable to adverse impacts of climate change. An assessment of the degree and forms of overlaps between the NDC goals and SDGs, strengthens institutional linkages at multiple governance levels for achieving SDGs and NDCs simultaneously and efficiently.

The app is based on a study carried out by TERI under the project “Developing Country Participation in Addressing Climate Change: Policy Instruments for Achieving NDCs”, supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). MFA has a Framework Agreement with TERI and has provided NOK 30 million over a period of 3 years to work on sustainable and clean energy, climate change and low carbon resource efficient growth aspects. The agreement also promotes collaboration between TERI and Norwegian research institutions.

Hanne Meldgaard, Minister Counselor at the Norwegian Embassy, delivered a special address during the launch of the app. She informed the audience about Norway’s commitment to reduce at least 40 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. In June 2016, Norway’s parliament had approved a radical goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2030, two decades earlier than planned. She shared some of the flagship measures taken up by Norway for addressing climate change. She also lauded the initiatives taken up by India towards fulfillment of its NDCs as well as development agenda.

The SDG Footprint of Asian NDCs report is available here.