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Sustainable Development Goal 13 : Climate Change

In 2015, the international community adopted a set of 17 goals as part of a new global agenda on sustainable development.

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


Climate change is one of the major challenges of our time and adds considerable stress to our societies and to the environment.  It 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 toward a low-carbon economy.

Purpose: Taking urgent action to tackle climate change and its Did impacts.

 Did you know?

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change was signed by the largest number of  countries ever in a single day.

List of countries that have signed  the Paris Agreement .

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 

The UN family is in the forefront of the effort to save our planet. In 1992, its “Earth Summit” produced the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a first step in addressing the climate change problem. Today, it has near-universal membership. The 197 countries that have ratified the Convention are Parties to the Convention. The ultimate aim of the Convention is to prevent “dangerous” human interference with the climate system.

Kyoto Protocol
By 1995, countries launched negotiations to strengthen the global response to climate change, and, two years later, adopted the Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol legally binds developed country Parties to emission reduction targets. The Protocol’s first commitment period started in 2008 and ended in 2012. The second commitment period began on 1 January 2013 and will end in 2020. There are now 197 Parties to the Convention and 192 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.

To know more on why climate action matters, click here. For the main stories on climate change go to our climate change segment.

To know more on UAE Govt’s initiative on SDG goal 13, click here.

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