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What Is the Role of Goal 13 in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

In 2015 the UN released its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and with it 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). These goals shared a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. [1] The survival of our societies and our shared planet depends on a more sustainable world. These goals bring some of the most important issues to a global scale such as poverty, human rights, education, and environmental action. In this blog we will focus on SDG Goal #13 Climate Action.

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Deep Dive into Goal 13: Climate Action

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It is clear that climate action needs serious attention and efforts. Our global temperatures are up 1.1 degrees celsius since the industrial revolution and this is causing the climate crisis. SDG goal 13 aims to mitigate our impact on the environment. Climate change will impact every single person on the planet, and we are drastically underprepared to meet 2030 targets. Goal 13 has a few distinct indicators to measure our global success in reducing our impacts. [2]

  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries

  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning

  • 13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

  • 13.A Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible

  • 13.B Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities

The Importance of Collective Action

It is crucial that we all work together to develop our global society to be more equitable and protect our natural resources. Goal 13 is deeply interconnected with other SDGs and there is evidence that it can have an increased effect on developing countries who are not as responsible for the current climate impacts. It is our responsibility to repair our planet and work towards improved systems that can improve the quality of life for everyone.


We must address climate change as global temperature rise can have dramatic impacts on billions of lives worldwide. The UN has built a high quality and comprehensive framework for the world to follow in regards to sustainable development, but this is just the beginning. We need to take action and work everyday to build a better future for future generations. If you are interested in learning about your climate impacts consider using the Forevergreen carbon calculator as it can be a quick way to quantify your impacts on the climate. We also offer consumer centric solutions to reach net zero and be part of the solution. I hope you enjoyed this blog and learned something about the SDGs and Climate Action (SDG #13). Thanks and have a great day!

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