Climate Action

Living Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Ulisses Azeiteiro, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökcin Özuyar, Tony Wall

Introduction

The problems related to the process of industrialisation such as biodiversity depletion, climate change and a worsening of health and living conditions, especially but not only in developing countries, intensify. Therefore, there is an increasing need to search for integrated solutions to make development more sustainable. The United Nations has acknowledged the problem and approved the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. On 1st January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda officially came into force. These goals cover the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection.  

The Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals comprehensively addresses the SDGs in an integrated way. It encompasses 17 volumes, each one devoted to one of the 17 SDGs. This volume addresses SDG 13 "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts" and contains the description of a range of terms, which allow a better understanding and foster knowledge. Climate change is a threat to development with unprecedented impacts. Urgent action to combat climate change and development of integrated strategies on climate change mitigation and adaptation and sustainable development are critical for a sustainable future.

Concretely, the defined targets are:

  • Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
  • 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 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
  • 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

Editors and affiliations

  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 1
  • Ulisses Azeiteiro
    • 2
  • Anabela Marisa Azul
    • 3
  • Luciana Brandli
    • 4
  • Pinar Gökcin Özuyar
    • 5
  • Tony Wall
    • 6
  1. 1.FTZ-ALSHamburg University of Applied Sciences FTZ-ALSHamburgGermany
  2. 2.University of Aveiro AveiroPortugal
  3. 3.Ctr Neurosci & Cell Biology, 1 FloorUniv Coimbra, Edf Fac MedicinaCoimbraPortugal
  4. 4.Faculty of Engineering and ArchitecturePasso Fundo University Faculty of Engineering and ArchitecturePasso FundoBrazil
  5. 5.Ozyegin UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  6. 6.Centre for Work Related StudiesUniversity of ChesterChesterUK

Bibliographic information

  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71063-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-7403
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-7411
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Number Of Entries 2

Part of the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals book series (ENUNSDG)