Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

There is no country in the world that is not experiencing first-hand the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and are now more than 50 percent higher than their 1990 level. The annual average losses from tsunamis, tropical cyclones and flooding amount to hundreds of billions of dollars. The goal aims to mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries and help mitigate climate-related disasters. Mitigating climate change and its impacts will require building on the momentum achieved by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which entered into force on 4 November 2016. It is still possible, with the political will and a wide array of technological measures, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Interaction with SDG 3

This goal is inextricably linked to SDG 3, and involves protecting health from climate risks, and promoting health through low-carbon development.