Hard-won progress toward the MDGs in southern Africa is at risk not only from the global economic crisis but also from climate change, via the climate-sensitive development drivers water, energy, food and health. The region needs to ‘climate-proof’ its development goals.

Climate change, via the abovementioned impacts, will lead to multi-faceted (mostly negative) impacts on the MDGs. Nevertheless, emerging opportunities (such as those provided by increasing rainfall in some parts) could provide renewed impetus towards achieving the MDGs, or at least accelerate progress for the longer term.

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