Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Climate change is a real and undeniable threat to our entire civilization. The goal is about resilience and adaptability to a changing climate. National policies must incorporate measures against climate change, and knowledge must be shared in order to counter climate change.

Climate change is one of the greatest threats of our time on a global scale. We both see and feel the changes in this country when the temperature rises, the distribution of sea ice decreases and precipitation conditions change. In Greenland and the entire Arctic region, the rise in temperature is more than twice as fast as the global average. Year after year, new record measurements are set, and for example, the annual air temperature in the Arctic was higher in the years from 2014 to 2018 than any previous year since observations began in 1900. From 1971 to 2018, the air temperature in the Arctic has increased by 3.1 and 1, respectively. 8 degrees in the winter and summer period.

The Inland ice is melting rapidly and is one of the largest contributors to global sea level rise, which will particularly affect the low-lying Pacific islands. Climate change will change the conditions of Arctic nature and challenge our living resources. The changes can have a major impact on marine life, and several of our known species will move north and be forced into their previous habitat. This creates significant challenges for the many Greenlandic industries that are closely linked to the utilization of the country's living resources.

Climate change is a real and undeniable threat to our entire civilization. The effects are already visible and will be catastrophic unless we act now. Through education, innovation and adherence to our climate commitments, we can make the necessary changes to protect the planet. These changes also provide huge opportunities to modernize our infrastructure which will create new jobs and promote greater prosperity across the globe.


Here are a few indicators for this goal that it is possible to measure today. In the near future, Statistics Greenland will publish an SDG 2030 subpage for stat.gl with various available statistics relevant to the work on the SDG 2030 agenda.

Emission af drivhusgasser [CO2-ækvivalenter] fra energiforbrug efter anvendelse
Source: Grønlands Statistik (2016)

  1. Energisektor (17,15)
  2. Transport (22,72)
  3. Produktionserhverv (31,54)
  4. Handels- og serviceerhverv (9,62)
  5. Husholdninger (18,97)


Every day, people are taking action to make sure this Global Goals is met. See what’s been going on below.

The targets

Everyone can help to make sure that we meet the Global Goals. Use these five targets to create action to combat climate change.

Target 13.1 – Strengthen resilience and Adaptive Capacity to Climate Related Disasters

Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.

Target 13.2 – Integrate Climate Change Measures into Policies and Planning

Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.

Target 13.3 – Build Knowledge and Capacity to Meet Climate Change

Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

Target 13.a – Implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

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.

Target 13.b – Promote Mechanisms to Raise Capacity for Planning and Management

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.