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SDG 13 and interlinkages with other SDGs – Climate action

Building on this year’s revision of SDG 13 on Climate Change at the 2024 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), Member States and other key stakeholders meet to discuss progress on SDG 13 and evidence-based approaches available to leverage synergies with other SDGs. SEI’s Miquel Muñoz joins this session to share insights from SEI’s work on climate change and renewable energy.

10 July 2024 at 10:00 EDT

ending at 13:00 EDT

New York City, United States

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 4

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement in 2015 established a strong foundation for coherent implementation of climate action and sustainable development objectives across all levels and sectors. In the same spirit, the Secretary-General in the address on his 2023 priorities stressed that “Climate action is the 21st century’s greatest opportunity to drive forward all the Sustainable Development Goals.”

According to WMO’s 2023 report on the Global State of Climate, the latest data show that 2023 was the warmest year on record, about 1.4°C above the pre-industrial baseline. The past nine years, from 2015 to 2023, were also the warmest on record. Global emissions continue to rise, notably after a brief decline during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest IPCC report warns that the global average temperature has already risen 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels.

The scale of finance needed is significant – global models from the most authoritative institutions all converge in the range of trillions annually. The first Needs Determination Report of the Standing Committee on Finance in 2021 shows nearly USD 6 trillion is needed to implement developing countries’ climate action plans by 2030, and this does not fully cost for adaptation. Least developed countries and small island developing states face disproportionate challenges in managing climate change and its impacts. There is an urgent need for capacity building, with a focus on women, youth, and local and marginalized communities, in these vulnerable countries that are also facing debilitating debt.

This session will examine challenges and opportunities in advancing key solutions towards accelerating SDG13 as an enabler to achieve the interconnected crises of nature, biodiversity, pollution, but also poverty, inequality and sustainable development. The session will benefit from the outcomes of the Expert Group Meeting on the Review of the SDG 13, which took place in Tokyo in March 2024.



H.E. Mr. Tarek Ladeb, Vice President of ECOSOC (Tunisia)


  • Findings of the report of the Secretary-General on progress towards the SDGs – SDG 13 on climate action
    Heather Page, Statistics Division, DESA
  • Representative of Regional Commissions: Regional perspective on implementation of SDG 7 and interlinkages
    Tatiana Molcean, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of Europe (ECE)
Interactive panel discussion


Britt Groosman, Vice President of Climate-Smart Agriculture, Environmental Defense Fund


Katherine Calvin, NASA’s Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor, and Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III

Axel Schmidt Grael, Mayor of Niteroi, Brazil

Maria Mähl, Partner and Head of USA ESG Solutions & Partnerships

Lead Discussants:

Miquel Muñoz Cabré, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute US

Ayisha Siddiqa, Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change Interventions by ministers and other participants (up to 2-3 minutes each)

This is an Official Meeting of the 2024 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), a UN pass is required to attend.

SEI participant

Miquel Muñoz Cabré

Senior Scientist


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