Session Overview

Interconnections between Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement


Steffen Bauer, Klimalog-Project, German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany


Anders Wijkman, Co-President, Club of Rome

Frank Biermann, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University

David Mungai, Wangari Mathaai Institue, University of Nairobi (tbc)

Sander Chan, Klimalog Project, German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany



Sustainable development will not be achieved without addressing climate change, which threatens to undermine development achievements. Conversely, policies and actions that address climate change also need to deliver on core issues of sustainable development, including poverty alleviation, food security, gender equality and human rights. The concomitant implementation of the 2030 Agenda with its Sustainable Development Goals and Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement thus offer unique opportunities to move towards more integrated development.

However, an integrated approach to sustainable development and climate governance is hard to achieve. While policy makers and practitioners legitimately emphasize synergies and “win-win”-solutions, conflicting interests and substantive trade-offs also need to be considered. Addressing them renders questions of allocation and access at the heart of equitable earth system governance. This session seeks to discuss the pertinent challenges from different disciplinary angles.

Facts on the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

DIE is one of the leading think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide. It is located in the UN City of Bonn. DIE’s work is based on the interplay between research, policy advice and training to build bridges between theory and practice.

Research at DIE is theory-based, empirically driven and application-oriented. It provides the basis for the institute’s consulting activities. DIE develops policy-relevant concepts, advises ministries, governments and international organizations, and refers to current policy issues. DIE’s training programmes for university graduates and young professionals are integrated into the research and advisory process.

Within the Klimalog Project DIE  investigates key issues of international climate politics, facilitates dialogue between pertinent actors in politics, academia, civil society and the private sector, and recommend adjustments in order to meet the complex global challenge of climate change.

Anders Wijkman – short bio

Anders Wijkman  is a Swedish politician who was Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2009. He sits on the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Anders has been a member of the Swedish parliament, secretary general of the Swedish Red Cross, and president of the International Red Cross Disaster Relief Commission. Anders Wijkman is vice President of Club of Rome and the Tällberg Foundation. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He is also a councillor for the World Future Council.

Sander Chan – short bio

Sander Chan researches at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) with a special focus on non-state action for Agenda 2030 and in climate governance, as well as in public-private cooperation in the context of the UN.
He is an Adj. Asst Prof. at Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, as well as a member of the steering committee of Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions and the Advisor Group of UNEP-DTU Partnerships’ Climate Initiatives Database’.

October 9 @ 15:30


– 17:00

AF Borgen – Nya Salen

Anders Wijkman, David Mungai, Frank Biermann, Sander Chan, Steffen Bauer