Short-lived climate pollutant mitigation and the Sustainable Development Goals

Johan Carl Ivar Kuylenstierna, Andy Haines, Markus Amann, Nathan Borgford-Parnell, Sunday Leonard, Drew Shindell

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The post-2015 development agenda is dominated by a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that arose from the
2012 Rio+ 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The 17 goals and 169 targets address diverse and
intersecting aspects of human and environmental needs and challenges. Achieving the SDGs by 2030 requires implementing
coordinated and concerted strategies and actions that minimize potential trade-offs and conflicts and maximize synergies to
contribute to multiple SDGs. Measures to mitigate emissions of short-lived climate pollutants are an example of actions that
contribute to multiple outcomes relevant to development. This Perspective highlights the interlinkages between these pollutants
and the SDGs, and shows that implementing emissions reduction measures can contribute to achieving many of the SDGs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863-869
Number of pages7
JournalNature Climate Change
Early online date30 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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