The SDG-Climate Facility Project
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction highlight that for development to be sustainable, it must become resilient to growing risks from climate change and climatic disasters. This is a critical agenda in the Arab region, which already stands as the world’s most water scarce and food import dependent region, and with temperatures rising faster than the global average. Most of the conflict affected contexts in the region are also some of the world’s top climate risk hotspots, with climate-resilient approaches to development increasingly important from both crisis prevention and recovery perspectives.
SDG-Climate Facility: Climate Action for Human Security
Focused on the nexus between climate action and human security, the SDG Climate Facility Project: Climate Action for Human Security seeks to enhance the capacity of regional and national institutions to effectively take climate action in a way that brings benefits across SDGs and for crisis prevention/recovery efforts, including support to scale-up climate finance for innovative local solutions.
The project brings together multi-lateral institutions in the region such as the League of Arab States (LAS) and the Arab Water Council (AWC), and leading UN system partners active on climate actions in the region, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), the UN Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), and the World Food Programme (WFP). The project is expected to run until December 31, 2022.
Objectives of the project:
Through joint actions, the programme would address two main priorities in the region that have been identified during the formulation process
- to promote more integrated solutions for climate action that brings benefits across SDGs and for crisis prevention/recovery goals, and
- to scale up local partnerships and finance to this end.
Through a combination of regional dialogues and technical assistance at the regional level, and innovation grants at the country level, the programme will generate three key outcomes:
Outcome 1: Enhanced knowledge and coordination on climate-security among key stakeholders at the regional level to achieve climate action with co-benefits across the SDGs, and crisis prevention/recovery goals.
Outcome 2: Enhanced access to analysis, tools and strategies at the regional level to support a climate nexus approach to achieving SDGs and prevention/recovery
Outcome 3: Strengthened national and local capacities to effectively integrate climate change considerations into development and crisis prevention/recovery policies and to scale-up climate finance for local innovative solutions with co-benefits across the SDGs
Underlying these objectives is the intention to establish an SDG-Climate Facility, which will take forward to nexus approach and agenda beyond the life-cycle of the project