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Short-lived climate pollutant mitigation and the Sustainable Development Goals

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JournalNature Climate Change
DateAccepted/In press - 23 Oct 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 30 Nov 2017
DatePublished (current) - Dec 2017
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)863-869
Early online date30/11/17
Original languageEnglish


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.

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