Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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

Climate Action

Every person, in every country in every continent will be impacted in some shape or form by climate change. There is a climate cataclysm looming, and we are underprepared for what this could mean.

Climate change is caused by human activities and threatens life on earth as we know it. With rising greenhouse gas emissions, climate change is occurring at rates much faster than anticipated. Its impacts can be devastating and include extreme and changing weather patterns and rising sea levels.

If left unchecked, climate change will undo a lot of the development progress made over the past years. It will also provoke mass migrations that will lead to instability and wars.

To limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre- industrial levels, emissions must already be decreasing and need to be cut by almost half by 2030, just seven years away. But, we are drastically off track from this target.

Urgent and transformative going beyond mere plans and promises are crucial. It requires raising ambition, covering entire economies and moving towards climate-resilient development, while outlining a clear path to achieve net-zero emissions. Immediate measures are necessary to avoid catastrophic consequences and secure a sustainable future for generations to come.

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

2° Investing Initiative

2012 Paris France F

Boston MA USA F

Academic Council on the United Nations System

ACUNS 1987 Washington DC USA E y

Academic Travel Abroad

ATA 1948 Washington DC USA N

Academy of Eating Disorders

AED 1993 Reston VA USA E

Accountancy Europe

1986 Brussels Belgium D

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 E

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 Youth Initiative on Climate Change

AYICC 2006 J

African-Asian Rural Development Organization

AARDO 1962 Delhi India C g