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

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

1919 Geneva Switzerland B Humanitarian Organizations

International Federation of Telephone Emergency Services

IFOTES 1967 Udine Italy C

International Flood Initiative

IFI 2005 Tsukuba Japan E y International Federations, UNESCO Bodies

International Flood Network

IFNet 2003 Tokyo Japan F

International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association

IFW and TWA 1956 Murrieta CA USA N

International Forum of Meteorological Societies

IFMS 2009 Boston MA USA F y International Federations

International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates

IFTTA 1983 Fort Lauderdale FL USA F v

International Foundation of the High Altitude Research Stations Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat

HFSJG 1930 Bern Switzerland F f Foundations

International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association

IGLTA 1983 Fort Lauderdale FL USA G

International Glaciological Society

IGS 1936 Cambridge UK C v

International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project


International Global Change Institute, Hamilton

IGCI 1997 Hamilton New Zealand G j Institutes

International Group for Wind-Related Disaster Risk Reduction

IG-WRDRR 2009 Shanghai China E y International Federations

International Humanitarian Centre for Rehabilitation of Survivors after Chernobyl Disaster

ROZRADA 1994 Kiev Ukraine G Humanitarian Organizations

International Hurricane Research Center

Miami FL USA G

International Hydropower Association

IHA 1995 London UK C

International Ice Charting Working Group

IICWG 1999 F

International Ice Patrol

IIP 1914 New London CT USA F g IGOs

International Indigenous Forum on Climate Change


International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research

I2CCNER 2010 Fukuoka Japan G j

International Institute for Disaster Risk Management

IDRM 1998 Manila Philippines N j Institutes

International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction

IIIRR Calgary AB Canada D Institutes

International Institute for Rights and Development-Geneva

IRD-Geneva Geneva Switzerland J

International Islamic Relief Organization

IIRO 1978 Jeddah Saudi Arabia G Humanitarian Organizations

International Medical Corps

IMC 1984 Los Angeles CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

International Meteorological Institute in Stockholm

IMI 1955 Stockholm Sweden N j Institutes

International Network for Climate and Health for Africa

Clim-HEALTH Africa Brazzaville Congo Brazzaville F y International Federations

International Ocean Discovery Program

IODP 2013 La Jolla CA USA F

International Organisation for LDCs

IOLDCs Geneva Switzerland J Human Rights Organizations

International Ozone Commission

IO3C 1948 Guyancourt France E v

International Packaged Ice Association

IPIA 1917 Tampa FL USA G

International Radiation Commission

IRC 1924 Boulder CO USA E v

International Radio Emergency Support Coalition

IRESC 2004 Pueblo CO USA J

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

IRHA 2002 Geneva Switzerland F y International Federations

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

1928 Geneva Switzerland F Humanitarian Organizations

International Relief Service of Caritas Catholica, Belgium

1948 Brussels Belgium G Humanitarian Organizations

International Rescue and Emergency Care Association

IRECA 1948 Minneapolis MN USA N

International Research Institute for Climate and Society

IRI 1996 Palisades NY USA G j Institutes

International Research Institute of Disaster Science

IRIDeS Sendai Japan N j

International Snow Leopard Trust

ISLT 1981 Seattle WA USA G

International Snow Science Workshop

ISSW E c Conference Series

International Society for Aeolian Research


International Society for Agricultural Meteorology

INSAM Bruchem Netherlands C

International Society for Atmospheric Research Using Remotely Piloted Aircraft

ISARRA 2013 D v

International Society for Electrostatic Precipitation

ISESP 1986 Birmingham AL USA C

International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management

IDRiM Society 2009 Kyoto Japan C

International Society of Acoustic Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Oceans

ISARS 1981 Vienna Austria D

International Society of Biometeorology

ISB 1956 Milwaukee WI USA B y International Federations

International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate

ISIAQ 1992 Herndon VA USA C

International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology

ISMH 1921 Istanbul Turkey C