Across southern Africa (SADC), progress towards the achievement of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs1) by the target date 2015 has been highly mixed and shown to be sensitive to global and regional shocks. The MDGs encapsulate time-bound and quantified targets for achieving progress on underdevelopment and the human condition.

This report investigates the relationships between the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and projected climate change in southern Africa. The analysis rests on four core themes, namely water resources, food security, health and energy supply, representing those sectors which drive national and regional economies, have significant linkages with human development, and which are sensitive to climate risks.

RECOMMENDED CITATION Chapman, R.A., Midgley, S.J.E., Chesterman, S., Spalding Fecher, R., von der Heyden, C. (2011) Climate change and the Millennium Development Goals: Case studies for southern Africa. Synthesis Report. For the Regional Climate Change Programme (RCCP), UK Department for International Development, OneWorld Sustainable Investments, Cape Town.

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