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CDE Annual Report 2015

Spotlight on Dealing with Trade-offs in Sustainable Development

In 2015, the global community established a new framework for financing global sustainable development in Addis Abeba, adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals in New York, and agreed on climate objectives in Paris. Achieving these goals will require equal efforts in politics, science, society, and the economy. We believe the main task of science consists in exploring and identifying pathways to these goals. Where are compromises required? Where is there room for manoeuvre? And what sorts of synergies are possible? In our CDE Annual Report 2015, we shed light on these questions using four examples in the areas of land use, migration, poverty reduction, and commodities trading.