Sustainable Development Goal 13

Climate Action

Greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are drivers of climate change, and are now at their highest levels in history. To avoid catastrophic impacts on communities, livelihoods, and economies, action must be swift and coordinated. The Paris Agreement will propel this action, but achieving its goal of limiting global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius will depend on transforming climate knowledge into policy.

UNU focuses on the people most impacted now by climate change, to ensure global resilience later. Our work is contributing to insurance safety nets for island communities threatened by sea level rise and extreme weather, so that households can more easily recover from future climate-related disasters. By advancing strategies to reduce carbon emissions through international cooperation, our research is helping democratise access to leading low-carbon technologies for developing countries.


Söhnke Kreft

Söhnke Kreft


“To strengthen global resilience to climate change, we need proactive — not reactive — risk management practices. My research at UNU focuses on climate risk insurance as a proactive means to provide a safety net to vulnerable populations. I am passionate about helping people minimise climatic shocks by integrating these solutions into adaptation plans.”

Riyanti Djalante

Riyanti Djalante


“I have a vision of a world free of disasters. But the impacts of climate-related disasters on people and communities are increasing. My research at UNU aims to understand why and how these societies are vulnerable, with the ultimate goal of making countries and communities more resilient.”

Eric Twum


“The impacts of climate change are affecting Africa today, derailing its ability to develop sustainably. I support innovative entrepreneurs who bring transformative solutions to the table. Local ideas can help solve this global problem.”


MCII: Climate Risk Adaptation and Insurance in the Caribbean

Developing countries located in disaster-prone regions like the Caribbean are hard hit by the effects of climate change. This project addresses climate change adaptation and vulnerability by promoting climate risk insurance as an instrument to manage and transfer risk.

Tools for Nexus-Oriented Resources Management

Integrated modelling tools are required to explore the interlinkages between environmental processes, global change, and socio-economic aspects. This project aims to advance and promote a platform for comparison of existing modelling tools to support holistic management of natural resources.

Ghana Climate Innovation Center

To improve Ghana’s ability to adapt and thrive amidst the increasing effects of climate change, action at all levels of society is needed. The GCIC is a small-business incubator that helps entrepreneurs develop profitable and appropriate solutions to mitigate or adapt to climate change.