SDG: Climate Activism Disguised as Development Assistance

16 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2016 Last revised: 7 Aug 2016

Date Written: July 20, 2016


Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) marks a shift in the priority of the UNDP from tackling poverty to tackling climate change. This shift erodes the ability of the UNDP to perform its primary function of providing development assistance to poor countries. The climate finance proposal is unlikely to mend this fundamental defect in the SDG initiative of the UNDP.

Keywords: climate change, global warming, fossil fuel emissions, Kyoto Protocol, UN, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNDP, MDG, SDG, development economics, foreign aid, colonialism, white man’s burden, Bill Easterly, Colonial Office

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Munshi, Jamal, SDG: Climate Activism Disguised as Development Assistance (July 20, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Jamal Munshi (Contact Author)

Sonoma State University ( email )

1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
United States

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