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 Type III


2009 Bromma Sweden G

Adaptation Fund

AF Washington DC USA F gf Funds, IGOs

Advertisers without Borders


Africa Partnership on Climate Change Coalition

APCCC Bukoba Tanzania UR F

African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses

AMMA International 2002 Paris France F

AGRHYMET Regional Centre

1974 Niamey Niger E g IGOs

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, 1990

London amendment 1990 T g Treaties, IGOs

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, 1992

Copenhagen amendment 1992 T g Treaties, IGOs

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, 1997

Montreal amendment 1997 T g Treaties, IGOs

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, 1999

Beijing amendment 1999 T g Treaties, IGOs

American Society of Travel Agents

ASTA 1931 Alexandria VA USA G

Arab Permanent Committee for Meteorology

Jeddah Saudi Arabia K g IGOs

Arctic Methane Emergency Group


Asia Cloud Computing Association

ACCA 2010 D

Asia Oceania Space Weather Alliance

AOSWA 2010 Tokyo Japan D

Asia Pacific Adaptation Network

APAN 2009 Bangkok Thailand F

Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team


Asia Trails Network

ATN 2014 E

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

ADPC 1986 Bangkok Thailand E

Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network

ADRRN 2004 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F

Asian Disaster Reduction Centre

ADRC 1998 Kobe Japan E y International Federations

Asociación Latinoamericana de Agrometeorologia

1997 J

Association internationale de climatologie

AIC 1988 Besançon France D v

Association of International Travel Agents Network


Association of Language Travel Organizations

ALTO 1998 London UK D

Association of Southern African Travel Agents

ASATA 1956 Benmore South Africa G n

Bellona Europa

1986 Oslo Norway G

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

CCCCC 2001 Belmopan Belize E g IGOs

Center for International Disaster Information

CIDI 1988 Arlington VA USA G

Change Partnership

2013 Brussels Belgium J

Climate Action Network Europe

CAN Europe 1989 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

Climate Action Network South Asia

CANSA 1991 Dhaka Bangladesh E

Climate Action Network South East Asia


Climate Analytics

2008 Berlin Germany G

Climate Bonds Initiative

London UK F y International Federations

Climate Broadcasters Network - Europe

CBN-E 2007 Paris France E

Climate Group

2003 London UK F

Climate Institute

1986 Washington DC USA G j Institutes

Climate Interactive


Climate Markets and Investment Association


Conference of Commonwealth Meteorologists

Exeter UK C c Conference Series


2009 Washington DC USA E Funds, Funds

Crisis Action

2003 London UK F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Destinations International

1914 Washington DC USA F Professional Bodies

Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Association, International

DERA International 1962 Longmont CO USA G

Disasters Emergency Committee

DEC 1963 London UK G y International Federations

DRI International

DRII 1988 New York NY USA C

East African Meteorological Society

EAMS Arusha Tanzania UR D


1995 Brussels Belgium F

EDGE Funders Alliance

San Francisco CA USA C