Global goal 13 is to ‘take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’.

Climate change is humanity’s biggest and most urgent challenge. An abundance of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, generated by the burning of fossil fuels among other processes, leads to global warming. Extreme temperatures, droughts, loss of biodiversity, rises in sea-levels, more extreme weather and natural disasters are but a few of the grave consequences this global rise in temperature provokes.

These aren’t issues in the distant future: they’re happening already, right now, and unless we take immediate action, they will progressively get worse.

Besides drastically reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, we’ll also need to mitigate the damage that is already being done. These targets show us how:


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

*Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.