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Helen Clark: Speech on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals

29 Dec 2015


Thank you for inviting me to address this Sustainable Innovation Forum. This is a huge year for sustainable development, with a big, bold new global agenda, Agenda 2030 and seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched by world leaders in September. It will be a great year for sustainable development if COP-21 here in Paris delivers a new global agreement on climate change. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without decisive action to adapt to and mitigate climate change. That’s why Agenda 2030 has a dedicated Goal, SDG 13 on taking “urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”[1]. This Goal urges the international community to: “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”; and to implement the previous commitment by developed countries under the UNFCCC to the goal of mobilizing $100 billion in climate finance annually by 2020 Goal 13 also recognizes the need to build capacity for tackling climate change in Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with a particular focus on women,  Read More