13. Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

UN-GlobalGoals-Icon13Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow. People are experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, which include changing weather patterns, rising sea level, and more extreme weather events. The greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are driving climate change and continue to rise. They are now at their highest levels in history. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is projected to rise over the 21st century and is likely to surpass 3 degrees Celsius this century – with some areas of the world expected to warm even more. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most. 

Affordable, scalable solutions are now available to enable countries to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies. The pace of change is quickening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will reduce emissions and increase adaptation efforts. But climate change is a global challenge that does not respect national borders. Emissions anywhere affect people everywhere. It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be coordinated at the international level and it requires international cooperation to help developing countries move towards a low-carbon economy. 

In short:

  • climate change is a global challenge;
  • affecting all countries on all continents;
  • people are experiencing significant impacts of climate change;
  • rising greenhouse gas emissions are driving climate change;
  • affecting the poorest and most vulnerable people;
  • demanding international cooperation for coordinated answers;
  • using affordable and scalable solutions;
  • enabling countries to become cleaner and more resilient economies;
  • reducing emissions;
  • increasing adaptation efforts;
  • moving towards low-carbon economies.

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