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

APT Action on Poverty

1984 Pershore UK G

Arab Centre for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands

ACSAD 1968 Damascus Syrian AR E g IGOs

Arab Permanent Committee for Meteorology

Jeddah Saudi Arabia K g IGOs

Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization

ARCO 1975 Riyadh Saudi Arabia E Humanitarian Organizations

Arctic Methane Emergency Group

AMEG J

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

AMAP 1991 Tromsø Norway E gy International Federations, IGOs

Arid Lands Information Network - Eastern Africa

ALIN- East Africa 1988 Nairobi Kenya F v

Arrangement between Certain Member States of the European Space Research Organisation and the European Space Research Organisation Concerning the Execution of a Meteorological Satellite Programme

1972 T g Treaties, IGOs

Artists Project Earth

APE Banbury UK G

ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response

AADMER 2005 T g Treaties, IGOs

ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution

2002 T g Treaties, IGOs

ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management

AHA Centre 2011 Jakarta Indonesia E g Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Centre

ASMC 1993 Singapore Singapore E

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 Alliance for Disaster Management

A-PAD 2012 Tokyo Japan D

Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team

APCERT 2005 D

Asia Pacific Disaster Resilience Centre

APDRC 2016 Incheon Korea Rep G

Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network

APEDNN 2007 Jinan China F v

Asia Pacific Travel Health Society

APTHS 1996 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association

APTRA 2005 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Trails Network

ATN 2014 E

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

APN Kobe Japan F g IGOs

Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate

APPCDC 2005 F g IGOs

Asian Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus

AACVB 1983 Bangkok Thailand D

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

Asian Energy Institute

AEI 1989 Delhi India E jy International Federations, Institutes

Asian Network on Climate Science and Technology

ANCST 2013 Bangi Malaysia F

Asian Society for Emergency Medicine

ASEM 1998 Singapore Singapore D

Asian University Network of Environment and Disaster Risk Management

AUEDM F

Asociación Latinoamericana de Agrometeorologia

1997 J

Aspen Global Change Institute

AGCI 1989 Basalt CO USA G j Institutes

Associação SOS Amazonia

1988 Rio Branco Brazil G

Association Dealing with International Travel Facilities for Railway Staff

Vienna Austria F

Association for Emergency Aid and Solidarity Development Cooperation

1992 Frankfurt-Main Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Association for Safe International Road Travel

ASIRT 1995 Potomac MD USA G

Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East

ASTENE 1997 Duns UK N

Association Francophone pour l'Etude et la Recherche sur les Urgences Psychiatriques

AFERUP 1986 Nancy France D

Association internationale de climatologie

AIC 1988 Besançon France D v

Association of Arid Lands Studies

AALS 1977 Lubbock TX USA G

Association of Corporate Travel Executives

ACTE 1988 Alexandria VA USA G

Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry

HMEI 2001 Geneva Switzerland D

Association of International Travel Agents Network

AITAN Miami FL USA D

Association of Language Travel Organizations

ALTO 1998 London UK D

Association of Professional Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Response Trainers International

ALERT International Kimberly ID USA N Professional Bodies

Association of Southern African Travel Agents

ASATA 1956 Benmore South Africa G n

Association of the Network for International Research on Desertification

DesertNet International Tunis Tunisia D

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