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SDG 13: Youth and Climate Action in Canada


he Mary Ward Centre, as a contributor to the work of the IBVM-Loreto Generalate NGO to the United Nations, has prepared a series of policy briefs on youth in Canada and the Sustainable Development Goals to coincide with the UN High Level Political Forum taking place July 8-18, 2024. 


SDG 13 calls on world leaders to Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. In his 2023 address on UN priorities, Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres, stated that “Climate action is the 21st century’s greatest opportunity to drive forward all the Sustainable Development Goals.” 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. Evidence shows that young people are especially susceptible to climate-related distress and anxiety. Urgent action is needed to safeguard children and youth.


Youth in Canada are advocating for climate justice through protests, social media, journalism and community involvement. Climate action by youth has been proven to be the most effective response to mitigating their anxiety around climate change and for adopting environmentally sound practices for future generations. Learn more about youth action for climate change and how governments can better support youth climate action.





Learn more about SDG 13: https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal13


Learn more about the UN High Level Political Forum: https://hlpf.un.org/2024

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