“I sensed wide recognition that we are off track to achieve the Goals by 2030 and real determination to get us back on track.”
- UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed
Climate change is a major barrier to almost all the goals and The Heat is On, a report by UNDP and UN Climate Change ahead of the Climate Action Summit, finds there are promising signs from all corners of the globe, including from the most vulnerable nations who are already feeling the adverse effects of climate change.
It says developed nations more focused on long term goals to phase out greenhouse gases now need to match those with urgent, short term plans.
Better data and evidence.
Stronger links between climate change action and the SDGs.
Robust plans to monitor progress.
The way forward
As a human family we’ve never done anything like this before. It’s uncharted territory: we are going to have to overhaul the way we live and do business, produce energy and food, dispense justice, and empower the most disadvantaged.
But we have no choice but to step forward; we can already, almost daily, see the cost of inaction played out in real time; widespread global climate and political protests; entire forests ablaze; unprecedented levels of desertification; ancient cities flooding; millions of people forced to migrate.
The SDGs represent our only hope of addressing these complex and intertwined issues.
We have the answers and UNDP is committed to mobilizing resources, raising the ambition to meet the goals and fostering concrete solutions that link the goals to the real world concerns of ordinary citizens.
There is hard work ahead, but the good news is, there is still time.