Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
The year 2019 was the second warmest on record and the end of the warmest decade, 2010 to 2019. With a global average temperature of 1.1°C above estimated pre-industrial levels, the global community is far off track to meet either the 1.5 or 2°C targets called for in the Paris Agreement. Although greenhouse gas emissions are projected to drop by 6 per cent in 2020 due to the global pandemic, and air quality has improved as a result of travel bans and the economic slowdown, the improvement is only temporary. Governments and businesses should utilize the lessons learned to accelerate the transitions needed to achieve the Paris Agreement, redefine the relationship with the environment and make systemic shifts and transformational changes to lower greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient economies and societies.
Goal 13 will be reviewed at the UN High Level Political Forum in September of 2019.