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The European Journal of Development Research

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 172–177 | Cite as

Rethinking Boundaries and Inequalities Related to Climate-Resilient Development: Lessons for Successful Change Management of Resource Use and Climate Governance

  • Edith Kürzinger
  • Astrid Carrapatoso
Commentary

In the opening essay to this Commentary section, Achim Steiner, Head of UNDP, argues that “the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer an extraordinary opportunity for change to the global community”. At the Bergen EADI/Nordic Conference 2017 (during the sessions of the EADI Working Group on Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development), several papers offered interesting contributions to the topics signalled by Steiner as being important to “charting a trajectory to a shared future for people and planet”.

Collaborative research and lessons ‘from below’ support, to some extent, Steiner’s optimism around the feasibility of a successful SDG implementation. The papers presented at the EADI Working Group tackled the topics of innovative governance, collaborative networking, and leadership for effective change. Below, we link Achim Steiner’s statements to insights gained from the working group.

The “Extraordinary” has Become the New “Normal”

As Steiner writes, “extraordinary...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PREMAnet BonnKoenigswinterGermany
  2. 2.Albert-Ludwigs-UniversityFreiburgGermany

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