GOAL 13: Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*


2019 was the second warmest year on record and the end of the warmest decade (2010- 2019) ever recorded.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere rose to new records in 2019.

Climate change is affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becoming more extreme.

Although greenhouse gas emissions are projected to drop about 6 per cent in 2020 due to travel bans and economic slowdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, this improvement is only temporary. Climate change is not on pause. Once the global economy begins to recover from the pandemic, emissions are expected to return to higher levels.

Saving lives and livelihoods requires urgent action to address both the pandemic and the climate emergency.

The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The agreement also aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change, through appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework.

UN AI Actions

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
United Nations Global Pulse (UN Global Pulse)
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


9 December 2020
14:00 - 16:00 CET, Geneva
Annik Magerholm Fet ( Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Annik Magerholm Fet (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Benjamin Combes (PwC UK)...
7 July 2021
12:30 - 14:00 CEST, Geneva
Ban Ki-Moon (United Nations), Valérie Masson-Delmotte (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)), Yoshua Bengio ( Mila - Quebec AI Institute)...
16 July 2021
16:00 - 17:00 CEST, Geneva
Tapio Schneider (California Institute of Technology (Caltech)), Philip Stier (University of Oxford), Duncan Watson-Parris (University of Oxford)
29 September 2021
17:00 - 18:30 CEST, Geneva
Claire Monteleoni (University of Colorado Boulder), Gavin Schmidt (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)), Philip Stier (University of Oxford)...
30 September 2021
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva
Jingyuan Xia (Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)), Josef Kienzle (Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)), Santiago Santos Valle (Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO))...
20 October 2021
14:00 - 15:30 CEST, Geneva
Bilel Jamoussi (International Telecommunication Union (ITU)), Neil Sahota (IBM Watson), Paolo Gemma (Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.)...
20 October 2021
17:00 - 18:00 CEST, Geneva
Peter Dueben (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)), Philip Stier (University of Oxford), Duncan Watson-Parris (University of Oxford)...
2 November 2021
16:00 - 17:30 CET, Geneva
Sean Halpin (Houston Mechatronics), James Bellingham (John Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy), Sam Macdonald (Deep Trekker)...
10 November 2021
17:00 - 18:30 CET, Geneva
Julien Brajard (Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)), Laure Zanna (Courant Institute, New York University), Philip Stier (University of Oxford)...
17 November 2021
17:00 - 18:30 CET, Geneva | 8:00 - 9:30 PDT, Los Angeles | 11:00 - 12:30 EDT, New York | 16:00 - 17:30 BST, London
Philip Stier (University of Oxford), Pierre Gentine (Columbia University), Veronika Eyring (German Aerospace Center (DLR) / University of Bremen)...
18 November 2021
14:00 - 15:30 CET, Geneva
Behnam Taebi (Delft University of Technology), Cristina Rea (MIT), Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem (University of Pretoria & South African Centre for AI Research)...
30 November 2021
16:00 - 17:30 CET, Geneva
Davide Scaramuzza (University of Zurich), Robin R. Murphy (Texas A&M University), Bilel Jamoussi (International Telecommunication Union (ITU))...
20 January 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CET, Geneva
Lj Rich (BBC News), Kostas Alexis (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)), Navinda Kottege (CSIRO)...
16 February 2022
17:00 - 18:30 CET, Geneva | 11:00-12:30 EST, New York
Gustau Camps-Valls (Universitat de València), Manil Maskey (National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)), Duncan Watson-Parris (University of Oxford)...