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

European Society for Automatic Alarm Systems

EUSAS 1989 Duisburg Germany D

European Society for Emergency Medicine

EuSEM 1994 Aartselaar Belgium D v

European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

SLSAeu Basel Switzerland D

European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery

ESTES 2007 St Pölten Austria D

European Society of Emergency Radiology

ESER Vienna Austria D

European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management

ESTIEM 1990 Eindhoven Netherlands D t

European System of Central Banks

ESCB 1998 Frankfurt-Main Germany F g

European Technical Safety Organisations Network

ETSON 2006 Garching Germany F

European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants

ZEP 2005 Brussels Belgium F

European Theatre Convention

ETC 1988 Berlin Germany F

European Transport Research Alliance

ETRA 2012 Berlin Germany D y

European Transport Workers' Federation

ETF 1958 Brussels Belgium E

European Travel and Tourism Advisory Group

ETAG 1981 Brussels Belgium E y

European Travel Commission

ETC 1948 Brussels Belgium D

European Travel Insurance Group

ETI Group 1992 Utrecht Netherlands D

European Travel Press

ETP 1993 D

European Travel Retail Confederation

ETRC 1988 Brussels Belgium D

European Underwater Federation

EUF Faverges France D

European Vegetarian Union

EVU 1985 Vienna Austria D

European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

EVECCS 2002 D

European Water and Wastewater Industry Association

Aqua Europa 1977 Brussels Belgium D t

European Wind Tower Association

EWTA 2018 Brussels Belgium J

European Young Women's Christian Association

The European YWCA 1979 Stockholm Sweden E

European Youth Card Association

EYCA 1987 Brussels Belgium E

European Youth Forum

Brussels Belgium D y

Europeans for Fair Roaming

2010 F

EuroTech Universities Alliance

Brussels Belgium D

EuroTube Foundation

2017 Collombey Switzerland G

Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement Concerning the Use of Seamen's Books as Travel Documents

1964 T g

Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement Concerning the Use of the Seaman's Book as a Travel Document

1964 T g

Famine Early Warning System Network

FEWS NET 1985 Washington DC USA G g

FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region

1971 Rome Italy E g

FAO Inter-Regional Cooperative Research Network on Rice in the Mediterranean Climate Areas

MedRice Network 1990 Grugliasco Italy F

FAO-ICARDA International Technical Cooperation Network on Cactus

CACTUSNET 1993 Santiago Chile E g

Farm Europe

Brussels Belgium F

Federación de Partidos Verdes de las Américas

FPVA 1997 Mexico City Mexico D

Federación Iberoamericana de Ombudsman

FIO 1996 Madrid Spain D

Federación Iberoamericana de Productores de Árides

FIPA Madrid Spain J

Federación Interamericana del Cemento

FICEM 1973 Bogota Colombia D

Federación Latinoamericana de Ciudades, Municipios y Asociaciones de Gobiernos Locales

FLACMA 1981 Mexico City Mexico D

Federación Latinoamericana e Ibérica de Sociedades de Meteorologia

FLISMET 1986 Rio de Janeiro Brazil D

Fédération européenne des grossistes en appareils sanitaires et de chauffage

FEST 1958 Zaventem Belgium D t

Fédération européenne du commerce chimique

Fecc 1954 Brussels Belgium D

Fédération européenne du verre d'emballage

FEVE 1977 Brussels Belgium D t

Fédération internationale de SAMBO

FIAS 1984 Lausanne Switzerland C

Fédération internationale des associations de personnes âgées

FIAPA 1980 Paris France D

Fédération internationale des clubs de motorhomes

FICM 1976 Arras France D

Federation of African Medical Students' Associations

FAMSA 1968 Ibadan Nigeria D

Federation of ASEAN Travel Associations

FATA Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E

Federation of European Manufacturers of Ingredients to the Bakery, Confectionery and Patisserie Industries

FEDIMA 1969 Brussels Belgium E t

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