Integrating Environmental and Climate Action into Development Co-operation
Reporting on DAC Members’ High-Level Meeting Commitments
At their High-Level Meeting (HLM) in 2020, members of the OECD Development Assistance
Committee (DAC) set out a number of commitments and aspirations to align development
co-operation with the objectives of international agreements to fight climate change
and protect the environment. One year later, this report documents the individual
and collective steps taken to give effect to the four voluntary commitments set out
in the HLM Communiqué. It provides information on provisions and actions taken by
DAC members to systematically integrate international environment and climate goals
into development co-operation, to pursue more coordinated approaches, to support the
transition of developing countries towards sustainable development pathways, and to
better address the particular needs of Small Island Developing States.
On systematic integration of environment and climate objectives
All DAC Members recognise environment and climate as a thematic or cross-cutting priority in their strategies. Several of them have developed dedicated mainstreaming strategies or operational tools to systematically integrate environment and climate into their development programmes.
On support for the sustainability transition
All DAC Members report that their development co-operation includes activities with a specific objective to support the transition. The report finds however that transition support is mostly inherent in specific activities or projects, without being based on clear conceptual definitions. Energy support, multilateral providers and partnerships are key elements in approaches to the transition.
On support for SIDS sustainable development
DAC Members’ support to SIDS is centred around some of the key challenges these countries face, with a specific focus on climate investments, fostering sustainable ocean economies and resilience, promoting disaster risk reduction, and curbing fossil fuels dependence through access to renewable energy.
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All DAC Members report action on environment and climate as a key or cross-cutting objective in their current development co-operation strategies.
In the lead up to COP26, a majority of DAC Members have set new international financing targets in support of environmental and climate action, which in practice will largely be delivered through official development finance.
Over the 2015-19 period, the volume of official development assistance (ODA) with climate change and environmental objectives has shown an increase together with the overall surge in total ODA. Yet, over the same period, the share of ODA including environmental and climate objectives has remained stable.