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Pakistan Surpasses Climate Change Goal 10 Years Early

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

Ellie Chivers looks at the steps Pakistan took to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 10 years early.

Photo by Shutter Games | Location: Murree, Pakistan


Pakistan has “demonstrated its commitment to the clean and green future” by achieving the UN Sustainable Development ‘Climate Action’ goal a decade before the deadline. The ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ initiative was taken on by all members of the United Nations in 2015, and involves the member states committing to achieving 17 targets to ensure a greener future.


Pakistan have fulfilled goal number 13 – ‘Climate Action’ – of this 17-stage programme. In an effort to prevent and prepare for climate-related disasters and issues, Pakistan have taken a number of admirable measures and steps forward in sustainability, including:

  • Introducing afforestation – more trees have been planted than felled

  • Biodiversity conservation by protecting species 

  • Investment in clean energy sources