A comparative analysis of EU member states and their performance regarding the UN climate change agenda (UN SDG 13 - climate action)

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Abstract

The objective of this research is to assess the performance of the European Union 27 (EU27), its regions and Member States (MSs) towards the Climate Action Sustainable Development Goal (SDG13) from the United Nations 2030 Agenda. To do so, we used the Alkire-Foster (AF) method, developing the Multidimensional Climate Action Index (MCAI) framework. Results show that the EU27 and its regions are not performing satisfactorily. The individual composite scores of the MCAI framework revealed a better individual performance of individual Member States when compared to their group performances. There is a relationship between high level of GDP per capita and satisfactory performance. Southern Europe and Central and Eastern Europe are the regions that perform most poorly against SDG13. Southern Europe, most exposed to Climate Change related losses, is suffering the greatest negative effects related to Climate Change. Central and Eastern Europe perform poorly in promoting social political awareness of Climate Change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th APDR Congress Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationIslands and peripheral territories: challenges in a moving geography and changing "climate" patterns
Place of PublicationFunchal
PublisherAssociacao Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento Regional (APDR)
Pages174-185
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789898780102
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2022
Event29th APDR Congress – Islands and peripheral territories: challenges in a moving geography and changing "climate" patterns - Universidade da Madeira, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 29 Jun 202230 Jun 2022

Conference

Conference29th APDR Congress – Islands and peripheral territories: challenges in a moving geography and changing "climate" patterns
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityMadeira
Period29/06/2230/06/22

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Climate action
  • UN 2030 agenda
  • SDG 13
  • EU27
  • AF method

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