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 Commission on Middle Atmosphere Science

ICMA Kyoto Japan E v

International Commission on Planetary Atmospheres and their Evolution

ICPAE Madison WI USA E v

International Commission on Polar Meteorology

ICPM Cambridge UK E v

International Commissions for the Protection of the Moselle and Saar

ICPMS 1961 Konz-Saarburg Germany E g IGOs

International Committee of the Blue Shield

ICBS 1996 Paris France E

International Committee of the Red Cross

ICRC 1863 Geneva Switzerland F v Humanitarian Organizations

International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS

ICW 1992 Nairobi Kenya F v Human Rights Organizations

International Community on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

ISCRAM 2004 Saint-Martin-d'Hères France C

International Conference on Flood Management

ICFM 2000 S c Conference Series

International Conference on Lightning Protection

ICLP Rome Italy F c Conference Series

International Congo Aid-Smile African Children

ICASAC 1994 Thornton Heath UK G Humanitarian Organizations

International Congress on Preparation and Assistance in case of Disaster

S c Conference Series

International Consortium for Emergency Contraception

ICEC 1995 New York NY USA C y International Federations

International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction

ICGdR Matsue Japan C

International convention on travel contracts

1970 Rome Italy T g Treaties, IGOs

International Cooperative Programme on Integrated Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Ecosystems

ICP-IM Helsinki Finland E

International Cospas-Sarsat Programme

1979 Montréal QC Canada F g IGOs

International Court of the Environment

London UK K gp Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

International Crisis Aid

ICA 2000 St Louis MO USA G Humanitarian Organizations

International Crisis Group

Crisis Group 1995 Brussels Belgium E

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

ICRISAT 1972 Hyderabad India E gj FAO Bodies, Institutes, IGOs

International Cryosphere Climate Initiative

ICCI 2009 F

International Deaf Emergency

IDE 2010 Clarksville MD USA G

International Divers Alert Network

IDAN 1991 Durham NC USA F

International Dryland Development Commission

IDDC 1987 Cairo Egypt E

International Ecosystems University - Forum International

IEU 1965 Pleasant Hill CA USA N

International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres

IECEx System Sydney Australia F

International Emergency Action

IEA 1976 Montpellier France F Humanitarian Organizations

International Emergency and Development Aid

IEDA Relief 2008 Houston TX USA J

International Emergency Food Reserve

IEFR 1975 Rome Italy F gf IGOs

International Emergency Management Organization

IEMO 2006 Rome Italy C g Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

International Emergency Management Society

TIEMS 1993 Oslo Norway D

International Federation for Emergency Medicine

IFEM 1991 Melbourne Australia C y International Federations

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 Paris Canada 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

IGAC Boulder CO USA E

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 Human Rights Funders Group

IHRFG 1994 New York NY USA G Human Rights Organizations

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

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