This paper presents a background to the challenges and opportunities for the post-2015 discussions on development and climate change.
At present, responses to climate change and poverty are being formulated with little reference to each other. Climate change not only threatens poverty reduction, but the achievement of other MDGs, and may even reverse gains already made. An effective post-2015 agenda needs to learn from the MDG successes and limitations to date, while incorporating major future challenges for development.
This paper proposes a framework for Millennium Consumption Goals for rich countries, which could run alonside the MDGs, and suggests that climate change means that international obligations should be increased in order to increase protection for the most vulnerable.