Sustainable Development Goals

WMO plays a critical role in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the 17 interlinked urgent calls to action to all countries in a global partnership to deliver UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
UN Sustainable Development Goals logo (horizontal)

This agenda provides a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. WMO contributes to the SDGs through activities at the national and international levels.

WMO is the co-custodian of SDG 13 on Climate Action.

WMO contributes to partnerships, plans and mechanisms, and other forums as part of this agenda’s call for international cooperation. As such, WMO works with National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) to participate in the 2030 Agenda. NMHSs can also draw on WMO partnerships to engage with other communities, sectors, and disciplines, for example, through national climate services and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). Through a better understanding of WMO’s contribution toward SDGs, NMHSs can be better equipped to protect life and property, and to build weather and climate resilience.

Practical illustrations of how WMO contributes to the SDGs:

Climate Indicators and Sustainable Development Goals

Climate change is a global threat. But what risks does it pose exactly? And how will climate change and its impacts affect sustainable development? To answer these questions, we need to understand how climate change-related risks manifest in environmental, social, and economic systems.

WMO’s work connects changes in the global climate system, as measured by climate indicators, to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The charts and report below aim to improve decision-making for policymakers, the scientific community, and the public by illustrating the interconnected nature of climate change threats to sustainable development.

underwater photo of fishes and corals
Climate Indicators
Explore Climate indicators and how they relate to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals: CO2 Concentration, Ocean Acidification, Temperature, Sea Level Rise, Sea Ice Extent, Glacier Mass Balance, Ocean Heat Content.
A globe sitting on top of moss in a forest.
United in Science 2023: Sustainable development edition
A high-level multi-agency UN report that highlights the latest weather-, climate and water-related sciences and services for sustainable development.