UN Global Goal 13: Climate Action

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Goal 13 calls for urgent action against climate change. Currently, the world is falling short of the commitments enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement. According to the most recent UN report, in order to achieve the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C, emissions must drop to 25 gigatons. Greenhouse gas emissions, however, continue to rise and are currently on track to reach over 56 gigatons by 2030.

The UN’s 2030 targets for climate action include:

  • Ensuring resilience, especially among vulnerable populations, to natural disasters and other climate impacts.
  • Increasing flows of financial resources to renewable energy investments, energy efficiency, and other sustainable sectors, especially for developing countries.
  • Building capacity and raising awareness through measures such as education and technology transfer.

To assist in advancing these targets, the UN seeks to raise 100 billion USD for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The GCF provides funding for least developed and small island nations to help them mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. Currently, pledges from developed countries are lacking, and private sector initiatives are not filling the gap.

The stories contained in this collection illustrate solutions addressing climate change. To spur investment, the Climate Policy Initiative’s (CPI) Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance is working to develop new financial products. But will private sector efforts be enough to fill the current shortfall in financing for sustainable projects?

Read about how locals are taking action into their own hands. In the city of Detroit, the Women of Empowerment are leading projects that range from solar panel installations to lawsuits with the goal to ensure that Detroit’s east side engages in climate-resilient city planning. We also see how citizen engagement, organized with the help of Costa Rica Limpia (Clean Costa Rica), is a significant component in Costa Rica’s path toward sustainability.

Efforts to rejuvenate the soil are crucial to mitigating the effects of climate change. Learn about villagers in northeastern India working on the front line of conservation and reforestation. In California, farmers are employing new methods to increase the capacity of soil to retain water and absorb carbon by planting "weeds"!  

Click here for more stories in the Solutions Story Tracker on Climate action.

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