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

AGRHYMET Regional Centre

1974 Niamey Niger E g

AgroEcology Fund

AEF 2012 F f

AIP Foundation

1999 Hanoi Vietnam F f

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association

AREA 1988 Brussels Belgium D


2009 Washington DC USA G

Airport Regions Council

ARC 1994 Brussels Belgium F

Airports Council International

ACI 1991 Montréal QC Canada B y

Airports Council International - European Region

ACI EUROPE 1991 Brussels E


1990 Ghent Belgium D

All Hands Volunteers

2004 Mattapoisett MA USA G

ALLEA - ALL European Academies

1994 Berlin F

Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment

ACE 1995 Brussels Belgium F

Alliance for Financial Inclusion

AFI 2008 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F y

Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations

ALLIANCE 1982 Rome Italy F y

Alliance of International Science Organizations

ANSO 2018 Beijing China C y

Alliance pour la Préservation des Forêts

APF Paris France G

Allied Command Operations

ACO 1951 Shape Belgium E g

Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

ARRC 1992 Gloucester UK F g

Alpine Ibex European Specialist Group

GSE-AIESG 1988 Turin E

Amazon Conservation Association

ACA 1999 Washington DC USA G

Amazon Watch

1996 Oakland CA USA G

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

London amendment 1990 T g

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

Copenhagen amendment 1992 T g

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

Montreal amendment 1997 T g

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

Beijing amendment 1999 T g

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 2016

Kigali Amendment 2016 T g

American Red Cross Overseas Association

ARCOA 1949 Sammamish WA USA G

American Society of Travel Advisors

1931 Alexandria VA USA G

Americares Foundation

1982 Stamford CT USA G f

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Auckland E

Antarctic Treaty

1959 Buenos Aires Argentina F g

Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Productontwikkeling

APOPO 1998 Antwerp Belgium G

Anti-Slavery International

1839 C v

APEC Climate Center

APCC 2005 Busan Korea Rep G

APHELEIA - Humanities International Association For Cultural Integrated Landscape Management

2017 Mação Portugal E

Appel aide aux enfants victimes de conflits

1969 Paris France G

Appel détresse

1974 La Chapelle-sur-Erdre France N

APT Action on Poverty

1984 Pershore UK G

Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society

AEHMS 1989 C

Arab Centre for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands

ACSAD 1968 Damascus Syrian AR E g

Arab Permanent Committee for Meteorology

Jeddah Saudi Arabia K g

Arab Reform Initiative

ARI 2006 Paris France F y

Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences

AUASS 1998 Sharjah United Arab Emirates D y

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpenländer

ARGE ALP 1972 Innsbruck E

Architects Regional Council Asia

ARCASIA 1979 Singapore Singapore F

Arctic Methane Emergency Group


Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

AMAP 1991 Tromsø Norway E gy

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

Artists Project Earth

APE Banbury UK G