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

UNCT-GH-SDG13-Mole-JulianeReissig-2016(Photo: UN Ghana 2016 / Juliane Reissig)

Why it matters in Ghana

Severe weather conditions and rising sea levels are affecting people and their property everywhere. In some parts of Ghana, we experience extreme flooding and droughts. This impacts agriculture productivity and livelihoods. The poor, vulnerable and the marginalised are badly affected.

If left unchecked, climate change will undo a lot of the progress made in development over the past years. It can also exacerbate current threats such as food and water scarcity, which can lead to conflict. Doing nothing will end up costing us a lot more than if we take action now, which will lead to more jobs, greater prosperity, and better lives for all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience.

We can address climate change by increasing our efforts. We must rely more on sustainable energy and transform energy, industry, transport, food, agriculture and forestry systems. We also need to anticipate, adapt and become resilient to the current and future impacts of climate change.

How we can help

  • Do not litter. Think about the environment. It supports lives.
  • Keep the drains clear. It saves lives from flooding.
  • Bike, walk or take public transport if possible. If you must drive, try carpooling.
  • Turn off the lights if you don’t need them. Use natural lights whenever possible.   
  • Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and light bulbs.
  • Maintain your car and machines. A well-tuned car will emit fewer toxic fumes.
  • Donate what you don’t use. Others in need will give your gently used clothes, books and furniture a new life.
  • Stay electronic where possible and don’t print unnecessarily. No paper, no need for forest destruction.
  • Speak up! Ask your local and national authorities to engage in initiatives that don’t harm people or the planet.
  • Inform and prepare yourself to know what to do if you live in an area at risk to experience floods, or other natural disasters, in order to stay safe.

Global Targets of Goal 13

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 

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