Online launch of the study “Working together to achieve the Paris climate goals and sustainable development”

Event Type
Launch event

Online, 20.09.2021


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), NewClimate Institute

Whether the global climate can be stabilised at a warming of 1.5°C depends on whether the goals and measures of climate policy by 2030 are sufficiently ambitious. Failure to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement would ultimately undermine the achievement of just and sustainable global development that leaves no one behind.

Historically, the main drivers of climate change are industrialised countries who bear a significant responsibility in tackling climate change. At the same time, it will not be possible to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement without decisive action on the part of emerging economies and developing countries. Therefore, international cooperation beyond development cooperation must be consistently oriented towards the implementation of national climate policies in the context of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the multilateral agreements on the protection of biodiversity, forests and oceans.

This requires transformative change in all countries and development areas. In a new study, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and NewClimate Institute show what this change can look like concretely, and what role international cooperation and international development finance can play in it.

In particular, the study dives deeper into the interlinkages between climate and development policy in five key fields of action: energy, cities, agriculture, ecosystems and water. It thereby contributes to key discussions at and around this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), such as the High-Level Dialogue on Energy, the Food Systems Summit, and the New York Climate Week.


Programme online launch (German only):
Moderation: Marilena Berends

  • Presentation of the study and virtual handover to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Inputs:

    • Prof. Dr. Niklas Höhne, Founding Partner at NewClimate Institute
    • Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
    • Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Q&A

Programme expert panel (English only):
Moderation: Marilena Berends

  • Presentation of the study by the lead authors

    • Steffen Bauer (DIE)
    • Marie-Jeanne Kurdziel (NewClimate Institute)

  • Moderated panel discussion with

    • Bernd Liss, Head of Climate Change and Climate Policy, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH
    • Kennedy Mbeva, Research Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne; and Deputy Convenor of the Africa Research & Impact Network (ARIN)

  • Moderated Q&A

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Event information

Date / h
20.09.2021 / 11:00 - 12:00




Online launch (DE): 11:00 - 12:00 a.m. (Amsterdam, Berlin, Rom, Stockholm, Wien)
Expert panel (EN): 14:00 - 15:30 CEST (Amsterdam, Berlin, Rom, Stockholm, Wien)

The study

Cover: Gemeinsam Paris-Ziele und nachhaltige Entwicklung erreichen: Internationale Klimakooperation und die Rolle der Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländer

Working together to achieve the Paris climate goals and sustainable development: international climate cooperation and the role of developing countries and emerging economies
Bauer, Steffen / Marie-Jeanne Kurdziel / Gabriela Iacobuta / Clara Brandi / Jean Carlo Rodríguez / Delphine Deryng / Jonas Hanshom / Niklas Höhne / Sybrig Smit / Srinivasa Srigiri (2021)


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