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The Central Role of Climate Action in Achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Leal Filho, W, Wall, T, Lange Salvia, A, Dinis, MAP and Mifsud, M (2023) The Central Role of Climate Action in Achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Scientific Reports, 13. ISSN 2045-2322

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Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 refers to “Climate Action”. It is one of the 17 goals established by the United Nations in their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The primary objective of SDG13 is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. It recognises that climate change is a global challenge that requires immediate attention and concerted efforts from governments, businesses, communities, and individuals worldwide. SDG13 permeates a number of SDGs and also influences them in a significant way. Based on the need to contextualise SDG13 and considering its role as one of the central SDGs, this article outlines the links between SDG13 and the other SDGs. It also reports on a survey involving experts from 61 countries. The findings suggest that even though climate change impacts, particularly extreme weather events, are known to disproportionally affect poorer and minoritized communities, the synergies among related goals and climate justice seem to receive less attention. The article concludes by describing some of the means via which synergies between SDG13 and other SDGs may be achieved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SDG 13; climate change; sustainability; 2030 agenda; implementation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2023 14:51
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2023 15:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1038/s41598-023-47746-w
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21914
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