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

Foundation PEN Emergency Fund

1971 Bussum Netherlands K f

France Volontaires

1963 Ivry-sur-Seine France G

Franciscans International

FI 1985 Geneva Switzerland F

Frederick Mulder Foundation


Free Trade Europa

Stockholm Sweden J

Freedom from Debt Coalition

FDC 1988 Quezon City Philippines G

Friends of the Earth International

FoEI 1971 Amsterdam Netherlands F y

Fundación para el Desarrollo de Zonas Secas y Semiaridas de Mesoamérica

FUNDESEM 2009 Guatemala Guatemala G f

Future Earth

2012 Boulder CO USA F y

Future Forest

2001 Seoul Korea Rep G

GBTA Europe

2010 Amersham UK G

Gender and Disaster Network

GDN 1997 Newcastle upon Tyne UK F

Gender and Water Alliance

GWA 2000 Dieren Netherlands B


G5+ Brussels Belgium F v

GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice

GenderCC Berlin Germany C y

Generation Climate Europe


Geneva Association

1973 Zurich Switzerland C v

Genocide Alert

2007 Cologne Germany G

Global Adaptation Network

GAN Nairobi Kenya F

Global Alert for Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged

GADYLP 1996 Lagos Nigeria G

Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

GACSA 2014 E y

Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction

GADR 2001 F

Global Alliances for Water and Climate

GAfWaC 2016 E g

Global Business Travel Association

GBTA Alexandria VA USA G

Global Call for Climate Action

GCCA 2008 Montréal QC Canada F y

Global Campaign for Peace Education

1999 E

Global Catastrophic Risk Institute

GCRI 2011 Seattle WA USA N j

Global Catholic Climate Movement

GCCM 2015 Boston MA USA E y

Global CCS Institute

2009 Melbourne VIC Australia C j

Global Center on Adaptation

GCA Rotterdam Netherlands J y

Global Challenges Foundation

2012 Stockholm Sweden G f

Global Change Foundation

2009 New York NY USA N f

Global Change Impact Studies Centre

GCISC 2002 Islamabad Pakistan G

Global Change Institute

GCI Brisbane QLD Australia G j

Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training

START Washington DC USA E

Global Choices

Carbondale CO USA J

Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance

GCWDA 2015 C

Global Climate Change Institute, Tsinghua University

GCCI 1998 Beijing China G j

Global Climate Forum

GCF 2001 Berlin Germany F y

Global Climate Observing System

GCOS 1992 Geneva Switzerland F gv

Global Commission on Adaptation

2018 Rotterdam Netherlands C y

Global Commons Alliance


Global Coral Reef Alliance

GCRA 1990 Cambridge MA USA N

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

GCoM 2016 Brussels Belgium F

Global Development Research Centre

GDRC 2000 Kobe Japan G

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System


Global Disaster Immediate Response Team

Global DIRT 2010 N

Global Disaster Information Network

GDIN 1998 South Riding VA USA F

Global Disaster Resilience Centre

GDRC Huddersfield UK G

Global Dryland Alliance

GDA 2017 Doha Qatar D g