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WRI Commentaries offer long-form views and insights by senior WRI staff on important issues at the nexus of environment, development and human well-being. Commentaries draw on WRI research and other peer-reviewed publications to argue for a specific point of view, supporting it with evidence, to encourage informed discussion and debate. The views are those of the authors.

The world will need an estimated $140 billion per year — or more — to help adapt to the damaging impacts of climate change. But funders have gotten caught up in drawing bright lines between adaptation and development programs. To get the most out of scarce adaptation dollars, the world needs to move past this false distinction.

2015 was a watershed year. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at a special summit of the UN General Assembly, and the new international climate agreement concluded in Paris in December, provide for the first time in history a set of strong frameworks for accelerated action by all to meet shared and ambitious climate protection and sustainable development goals.

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