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

Federation of European Microbiological Societies

FEMS 1974 Delft Netherlands D y

FEFANA - EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures

1963 Brussels Belgium D

Feinstein International Center

FIC 1996 Somerville MA USA G

FIM Africa

1998 E

Final Act of the Intergovernmental Conference on the Adoption of a Travel Document for Refugees

1946 T g

FIWARE Foundation

2016 Berlin Germany F f


2000 Kamloops BC Canada G

Fondation Déserts du Monde

2002 Algiers Algeria F f

Fondation Hirondelle - Media for Peace and Human Dignity

1995 Lausanne Switzerland G f

Fonds français pour l'environnement mondial

FFEM 1994 Paris France G fg

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

FAO 1945 Rome Italy B g

Foundation myclimate

Zurich Switzerland G f

Foundation of International Servant Leadership Exchange Association

ISEA Foundation Incheon Korea Rep G f

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 t

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

GEF CSO Network

GCN 1995 Phnom Penh Cambodia F y

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 Rome Italy 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 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