Goal #13

They say if you can explain it in a simple way to kids, you can make it for everyone

The number 13 often remains as a poor number for being not so lucky in line with superstitious and religious reason.  Surprising enough, climate change which sounds still suspicious for some people comes under number 13 in Global Goals. If we look at the SDGs all at once, we could see the patterns of each segments bonding to each other. The correlation of climate derived issues includes the goals related to the health of individuals till building sustainable communities, in a broader term – sustainable cities and finally it ends with global alarm sometimes neglecting root effect. Below are simplified GG30 goals of that are more essential to climate change.

1.Public Health #3 ( Good health and well being)

While trying to draw the big picture of climate change,  let`s look at it from a different angle. If you think a 1 or 2°C rise matters to the health, then yes, better continue reading. One reason for the large increase in the number of heat extremes directly brings a new pace of pollution and the rest you obviously might forecast.  World Health Organisation (WHO) is sure that, if we bring down air pollution, it would cut rates of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, asthma and respiratory disease.

Ozone at outdoor level – which varies to the ozone layer in the atmosphere – forms when sunlight reacts with air pollutants. So, high ozone levels happen when it is radiant and can pull out asthma attacks and breathing problems. Nitrogen dioxide is a result of combustion (burning fuel for heat, power, engines and ships) and has a side effect on lung function, mainly in children with asthma. Sulphur dioxide is a colourless gas released when sulphur-containing fossil fuels are heated to compose heat and power. Elevated levels cause eye irritation, breathing issues and an increase in hospital admissions and mortality among people with heart disease.

2.Clean Water and Sanitation #6

While some countries take their the water resources for granted, some countries are in big demand to the water supply. In this case, climate change reduces the predictability of water availability and increase the likelihood of damage and disruption to drinking water and sanitation infrastructure.

Water supply and sanitation are affected by climate change and have an impact on climate change.The carbon footprint of water supply and sanitation – through energy deployed in for example in pumping,  – can be crucial.

3. Reduced Inequalities #10

One of the recent immigration challenges derives from climate change as well. Human-caused emissions are heating the globe, which is melting the glaciers and leading to global sea levels rising at about 3 millimeters (a tenth of an inch) per year. According to a new study that analyzed aerial satellite images from 1947 to 2014, five islands in the Solomons have sunk totally in that period, and another six have gone between 20% and 60% of their land zone. This is only a small part of the sinking lands worldwide. People are leaving their homes massively in order to find new life in new lands. Unfortunately, those that make it to a new land, their integration in a new society does not happen warm enough or in best scenario the process of social, economic and political inclusion delays which is opposite of one-lifetime universal declaration rights for everyone.

People are experiencing the significant impacts of climate change in one of the mentioned above case or in a different way. It lives among us and it has always been there. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is foreseen to rise over the 21st century and is presumable to raise over 3 degrees Celsius this century—with some areas of the world suspected to warm even more.


Affordable, scalable solutions are now available to allow countries to shift to cleaner, more resilient economies. The pace of change is fastening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will decrease emissions and rise adaptation efforts.

Adaptation measures should take this into account. Single measures, such as demand management and leakage minimization, have some potential to benefit to both mitigations of adverse impact and transformation of technologies and systems to increase resilience. Improved planning procedures and the development and utility of new technologies will support conversion and mitigation in answering to multiple
unfavorable impacts, not just those from climate change alone.

Since climate change is a global challenge that does not know national borders, emissions impacts people everywhere. It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be well harmonized at the international level and it requires international cooperation to drive countries to move to a low-carbon economy.


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Technology vs. SDGs

Have you thought of tech start-ups as a way to reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

In both answers, this is worth to go through. Current development in ICT presents evidence that overlaps with the goals of sustainable development 2030 as below:

  • Food and Agriculture (related to SDGs #1, #2, #3, #12, #13, and #15);
  • Energy and climate (related to SDGs #13, #12, #7);
  • Smart, sustainable communities (related to SDGs #11, #9, #12, #13, #7, #6);
  • Public health (related to SDGs #11, #9, #12, #13, #7, #6)

Digital technology provides the world for decoupling growth in carbon emissions from economic growth for the first time in history. “Technology is the game changer in sustainable development. Connectivity is essential to meet the SDGs”- says Luis Neves, Executive Vice President, Deutsche Telekom. He challenged global leaders to invest in technology solutions the same way the world has invested and continues to support the fossil fuel industry.

Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) is key to progress for further sustainable economic models. Finding opportunities to collaborate and apply technology in disruptive and innovative ways lead up advance sustainability.

Simultaneously applying digital technologies towards increasingly purpose-driven efforts to address the world’s toughest challenges related to energy, food, health, education, infrastructure, transportation.

According to GESI research, digital solutions will have an immense and significant positive impact on each of the three correlated dimensions of development covered by the SDGs: improving people’s quality of life, boosting equitable growth and protecting the environment. Examples include the projection by 2030:

  • An estimated 720,000 human lives could be protected from road traffic accidents through linked cars.
  • 1.6 billion people could be linked to e-health services in 2030, completely improving access to health and stepping closer to universal health insurance.
  • Delivering on broadband expansion could protect 12% of GDP in developing countries
  • Digital solutions could provide sustainable industrialization in the least developed countries and developing regions by holding 330 trillion liters of water and the equivalent of 25 billion barrels of oil per year, a reduction of 70 percent from today`s levels.

Solution #1: Pillaring food production and circulation

Energy, water, fertilizer, and chemicals are all substantially decreased – in some cases by well over 50% – while production yields skyrocket. The business case for IoT “agtech” solutions lives up. The challenge is to create awareness for decent potential. Partnerships worldwide should tighten up for these essentials.

Solution #2: Boosting energy and climate solutions

IoT industry is risk-averse and does not favor change quickly. IoT and digital solutions create opportunities to improve rather than out place the industry’s business model, potentially enormous cost savings. Technologies can also optimize energy use to minimize the need to resort to more carbon intensive fossil fuel-based peak generation capacity.

Solution #3: Smart, sustainable communities

Technology solutions exist to develop both generate and digital infrastructures that build cities more sustainable. Each focused its presentation on the obstacles to surmount – even when business cases exist – in applying digital solutions at scale for cities. At the same time, public-private partnerships are inevitable component making the process run smoothly.

Solution #4: Evolving public health

Digital solutions fasten access to different disease diagnostics and analyze them for patient risks at scale.The range of examples of digital solutions for health includes water quality and early diagnose of workers at the factories.


Using models, cases, and the visionary partnerships can apply the SDGs breaking technologies. The challenge is to reach SDGs by 2030. So far 13 years left…The world has a great potential and it needs to demonstrate a transformational capacity for the good and accelerates partnerships. Another thing 2017 is the year where the world reached overusing its natural resources and already we are at the time of utilizing the future generation`s storage capacity. Relying on the speed of technology and collaboration could still light up all the way. In this sense, startups are essential drivers of a global ecosystem seeking to build solutions that are effective, scalable, and economically sustainable.

Author: Gunay Mukhtarova