Goal 13: Climate Action

Take immediate action to combat climate change and its consequences

"Prevent global warming"

The consequences of climate change are already being felt across the globe, but most significantly for those living in vulnerability, poverty and marginalization. The consequences of climate change affect virtually all of the remaining global goals; drought due to climate change cause worse harvests, threatens people’s right to food sovereignty and leads to malnutrition and hunger; Peace is threatened with increased conflicts, and people become climate refugees as more places become uninhabitable. But through change and action, it is still possible to prevent global warming from rising above 2 degrees.

Future Earth works to combat climate change by spreading knowledge and by strengthening vulnerable groups and smallholders’ resilience to climate change. One consequence that is noticeable in many parts of the global South is drought and lack of rain, which creates problems for farmers who depend on rainwater to grow. In the Future Earth network, we exchange experiences and knowledge about, for example, crops that are resistant to drought, cultivation techniques that require less water and how to use natural pesticides instead of chemicals. Several of the network’s organizations work on the conservation of forest and nature, which are also measures to combat climate change and its consequences.


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.