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

Brooklyn NY USA G

Academic Council on the United Nations System

ACUNS 1987 Coventry UK E y United Nations Bodies, International Federations

Academic Travel Abroad

ATA 1948 Washington DC USA N


2007 Jerusalem Israel N Humanitarian Organizations

Action Against Hunger

1979 Paris France F Humanitarian Organizations

Action pour le développement - SOS Faim

SOS Faim 1964 Brussels Belgium G


2009 Bromma Sweden G


1972 Johannesburg South Africa F f Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations


2014 Helsinki Finland F

Adaptation Fund

AF 2001 Washington DC USA F gf IGOs, Funds

Advertisers without Borders


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 Governance Alert

AGA 1994 Yaoundé Cameroon G

Africa Humanitarian Action

AHA 1994 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G Humanitarian Organizations

Africa Partnership on Climate Change Coalition

APCCC Bukoba Tanzania UR F

Africa Travel Association

ATA 1975 Washington DC USA F

Africa-EU Innovation Alliance for Water and Climate

AfriAlliance Delft Netherlands E y International Federations

African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development

ACMAD 1987 Niamey Niger E g IGOs

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 IGOs

African Development and Emergency Organization

ADEO 1998 Nairobi Kenya G

African Federation for Emergency Medicine

AFEM 2009 Cape Town South Africa D

African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology

AMCOMET Geneva Switzerland F c Conference Series

African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses

AMMA International 2002 Paris France F

African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education - English

ARCSSTE-E 1998 Ile Ife Nigeria E g IGOs, United Nations Bodies

African Risk Capacity Agency

ARC Johannesburg South Africa E g IGOs

African School of Meteorology and Civil Aviation

1963 Niamey Niger E g IGOs

African Travel and Tourism Association

Atta London UK N

African Wind Energy Association

AfriWEA 2002 Darling South Africa D

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

1956 T g IGOs, Treaties

Agreement Concerning Cooperation in Ice-breaking

1961 T g IGOs, Treaties

Agreement Concerning Specific Stability Requirements for Ro-ro Passenger Ships Undertaking Regular Scheduled International Voyages Between, to or from Designated Ports in North West Europe and the Baltic Sea

SOLAS AGR 1996 1996 London UK T g IGOs, Treaties

Agreement on Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the South-East Pacific by Hydrocarbons or other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

1981 T g IGOs, Treaties

Agreement on the Global Weather Experiment

1979 T g IGOs, Treaties

Agreement on the Implementation of a European Project on Pollution, on the Topic 'research into Physico-chemical Behaviour of Sulphur Dioxide in the Atmosphere'

1971 T g IGOs, Treaties

Agreement Regarding Monitoring of the Stratosphere

1976 T g IGOs, Treaties

Agreement Relating to a Joint Ocean Weather Station in the North Atlantic

1949 T g IGOs, Treaties

AGRHYMET Regional Centre

1974 Niamey Niger E g IGOs

AgroEcology Fund

AEF 2012 F f Funds


2009 Washington DC USA G

Airport Regions Conference

ARC 1994 Brussels Belgium F


1990 Ghent Belgium D

All Hands Volunteers

2004 Mattapoisett MA USA G

Alliance for the Preservation of Forests

Paris France G

Allied Command Operations

ACO 1951 Shape Belgium E g IGOs, NATO Bodies

Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

ARRC 1992 Gloucester UK F g IGOs, NATO Bodies

Alpine Ibex European Specialist Group

GSE-AIESG 1988 Turin Italy E

Amazon Watch

1996 Oakland CA USA G Human Rights Organizations