Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Climate Action

Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, weather events are becoming more extreme and greenhouse gas emissions are now at their highest levels in history. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is likely to surpass 3 degrees centigrade this century. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.

Affordable, scalable solutions are now available to enable countries to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies. The pace of change is quickening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will reduce emissions and increase adaptation efforts. Climate change, however, is a global challenge that does not respect national borders. It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be coordinated at the international level to help developing countries move toward a low-carbon economy.

To strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, countries adopted the Paris Agreement at the COP21 in Paris, which went into force in November of 2016. In the agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees centigrade. As of April 2018, 175 parties had ratified the Paris Agreement and 10 developing countries had submitted their first iteration of their national adaptation plans for responding to climate change.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

2° Investing Initiative

2012 Paris France F

Brooklyn NY USA G

Academic Council on the United Nations System

ACUNS 1987 E y

Academic Travel Abroad

ATA 1948 Washington DC USA N

Academy of Eating Disorders

AED 1993 Reston VA USA E

Action Children Aid

1966 Copenhagen Denmark G

Action for Animal Health

A4AH London UK C y

Action pour le développement - SOS Faim

SOS Faim 1964 Brussels Belgium G


2009 Bromma Sweden G


1972 Johannesburg South Africa F f


2014 Helsinki Finland F

Adaptation Fund

AF 2001 Washington DC USA F fg

Adventure Travel Trade Association

ATTA 1990 Monroe WA USA C et

Advertisers without Borders


Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe

ACARE 2001 D

Afri - Action from Ireland

1975 Dublin Ireland G

Africa Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science

ACCESS Rondebosch South Africa F

Africa Civil Society for the Information Society

ACSIS 2003 Dakar Senegal D

Africa Development Interchange Network

ADIN 1985 Douala Cameroon G

Africa Faith and Justice Network

AFJN 1983 Washington DC USA G

Africa Governance Alert

AGA 1994 Yaoundé Cameroon G

Africa Partnership on Climate Change Coalition

APCCC Bukoba Tanzania UR F

Africa Solar Industry Association

AFSIA 2019 Kigali Rwanda F t

Africa Travel Association

ATA 1975 Washington DC USA F

Africa-EU Innovation Alliance for Water and Climate

AfriAlliance Delft Netherlands E y

African Agency For Integrated Development

AAID 1998 Fort Portal Uganda G

African Bird Club

ABC 1994 Cambridge UK F

African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education

ACARE 2017 Ann Arbor MI USA D

African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development

ACMAD 1987 Niamey Niger E g

African Climate Change Research Centre

ACCREC 2009 Dutse Nigeria G

African Climate Finance Hub

ACFH Cape Town South Africa G

African Climate Policy Centre

ACPC Addis Ababa Ethiopia E g

African Coalition for Corporate Accountability

ACCA 2013 Pretoria South Africa D y

African Development and Emergency Organization

ADEO 1998 Nairobi Kenya G

African Federation for Emergency Medicine

AFEM 2009 Cape Town South Africa D

African International Institute for Peace

AFIIP 2013 Brussels Belgium E

African Library and Information Associations and Institutions

AfLIA 2013 Accra Ghana D

African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology

AMCOMET Geneva Switzerland F c

African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses

AMMA International 2002 Paris France F

African Plant Nutrition Institute

APNI 2019 Ben Guerir Morocco D

African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education - English

ARCSSTE-E 1998 Ile Ife Nigeria E g

African Regional Intellectual Property Organization

ARIPO 1976 Harare Zimbabwe D g

African Risk Capacity Agency

ARC Johannesburg South Africa E g

African Sustainable Energy Association

AFSEA Johannesburg South Africa J

African Travel and Tourism Association

Atta London UK N

African Wind Energy Association

AfriWEA 2002 Darling South Africa D

African World Heritage Fund

AWHF 2006 Midrand South Africa F g

African-Asian Rural Development Organization

AARDO 1962 Delhi India C g

Agence Panafricaine de la Grande Muraille Verte

APGMV 2010 Nouakchott Mauritania D g

Agreement Concerning Cooperation for the Saving of Human Lives and Assistance to Vessels and Aircraft in Distress in the Black Sea

1956 T g