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

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

Beijing amendment 1999 T g Treaties, IGOs

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

Kigali Amendment 2016 T g Treaties, IGOs

American Red Cross Overseas Association

ARCOA 1949 Sammamish WA USA G

American Society of Travel Agents

ASTA 1931 Alexandria VA USA G

Americares Foundation

1982 Stamford CT USA G f Foundations

Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team

AMURT 1955 Rockville MD USA F Humanitarian Organizations

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Auckland New Zealand E

Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

ACE CRC 1991 Hobart Australia G

Antarctic Treaty

1959 Buenos Aires Argentina F g Treaties, IGOs

APEC Climate Center

APCC 2005 Busan Korea Rep G

Appel aide aux enfants victimes de conflits

1969 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations

Appel détresse

1974 La Chapelle-sur-Erdre France N

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 Conference on Disaster Medicine

APCDM 1988 S c

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 Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

APF 1996 Sydney Australia F Human Rights Organizations

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 Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

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

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