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

Afro-Asian Peoples' Solidarity Organization

AAPSO 1957 Cairo Egypt C y

AFS Intercultural Programs

AFS 1915 New York NY USA F

Agence Panafricaine de la Grande Muraille Verte

APGMV 2010 Nouakchott Mauritania D g

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

1956 T g

Agreement Concerning Cooperation in Ice-breaking

1961 T g

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

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

Agreement on the Global Weather Experiment

1979 T g

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

Agreement Regarding Monitoring of the Stratosphere

1976 T g

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

1949 T g

AGRHYMET Regional Centre

1974 Niamey Niger E g


2003 Brussels Belgium C

Agroecology Fund

AEF 2012 F f

AIP Foundation

1999 Hanoi Vietnam F f

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association

AREA 1988 Brussels Belgium D t

Air Pollution & Climate Secretariat

AirClim 1982 Gothenburg Sweden G

Airlines International Representation in Europe

AIRE 1971 Brussels Belgium D t


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 Belgium E

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

AvH 1860 Bonn Germany G f

All Hands Volunteers

2004 Mattapoisett MA USA G

All-Africa Students Union

AASU 1972 Accra Ghana D

ALLEA - ALL European Academies

1994 Berlin Germany F

Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment

ACE 1995 Brussels Belgium F t

Alliance for Financial Inclusion

AFI 2008 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F y

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

AFSA 2008 Kampala Uganda D

Alliance for Rural Electrification

ARE 2006 Brussels Belgium E

Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations

ALLIANCE 1982 Istanbul Türkiye F y

Alliance of International Science Organizations

ANSO 2018 Beijing China C y

Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation

ANCSSC 2018 London UK J

Alliance of Rail New Entrants

ALLRAIL 2017 Brussels Belgium D

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 Italy E

Amazon Conservation Association

ACA 1999 Washington DC USA G

Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization

ACTO 1998 Brasilia Brazil D 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


1977 Brussels Belgium D