CD-LINKS has four overarching goals:
(i) to gain an improved understanding of the linkages between climate change policies (mitigation/adaptation) and multiple sustainable development objectives,
(ii) to broaden the evidence base in the area of policy effectiveness by exploring past and current policy experiences,
(iii) to develop the next generation of globally consistent, national low-carbon development pathways, and
(iv) to establish a research network and capacity building platform in order to leverage knowledge-exchange among institutions from Europe and other key players within the G20.