Friday, September 18, 2015

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: climate change is a real threat

According to The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development document climate change is no longer a distant or abstract threat.  The annual losses from natural disasters now average U.S. $250 billion to U.S. $300billion
The world's poorest and most vulnerable nations are already being impacted by water scarcity, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, loss of agricultural lands and ecosystems, forest fires, floods and intensified extreme events such as hurricanes and typhoons. The 2030 Agenda contains the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets and recognizes that climate change as one of the greatest challenges of our time. Goal 13 of the 2030 Agenda specifies the need to "take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts"  and catalyzes action on climate change across all international processes and scales, including buttressing results under other SDGs, such as Goal 7 (ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). Read more at