Climate Risk Index

Lima, Peru, site of the 2014 UN Climate Summit has been impacted heavily by climate change.  And Peru is not alone. According to a recent study, unveiled today at the UN Climate Summit by environmental group Germanwatch, “extreme weather from climate change impacts poorer nations more than rich ones.” Which is a sad state of affairs, given that the poorer nations contribute significantly less to the human-driven contributors to climate change than do their richer counterparts.

While the report doesn’t address the how and why of it, it does lay out an ambitious get of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to what can be done to reduce loss due to climate change in the future.

Goal Outcome Document OWG

Content related to reducing climatic losses

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Target 1.5 – reduce exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events.

Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food secu- rity, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Target 2.4 – sustainable food production systems, resilient agricultural capacity for adaptation to climate change and extreme weather events.

Goal 9.* Build resilient infrastructures, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Target 9.1 and 9.3 – sustainable and resilient infrastructures and retrofitting industries.

Target 9.a – financial and technical support to African countries, LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS to facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development.

Goal 10: Make cities and human set- tlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Target 11.5 – reduce deaths and economic losses from disasters

Target 11.b – create integrated policies that include resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and DRR, in line with the upcoming Hyogo Framework for Action.

Target 11.c – support LDCs for sustainable and resilient buildings.

Goal 13. Ensure sustainable consump- tion and production patterns

Target 13.1 – strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
Target 13.2 – Integrate measures for climate change into national policies, strategies and planning

Target 13.3 – improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacities on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

Target 13.a – implement the commitment made to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change by those in developed countries to a goal of mobilizing jointly and from all sources $100 billion annually by 2020 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 for raising the capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in the least developed countries, including a focus on women, youth and local and marginalized communities

According to the authors, “The SDGs are expected to become the world’s defining development narrative.” The question is, how?

The Global Climate Risk Index 2015 is available for your viewing pleasure in PDF format at


* Note that the above table was pulled directly from the report in its entirety. Missing numbers were not included in the original.

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