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 Working Group on Satellite-Based Emergency Mapping

IWG-SEM 2012 F y International Federations

Internationale Rheinregulierung

IRR 1892 Rorschach Switzerland G g IGOs


1992 Rome Italy G Humanitarian Organizations

Interstate Council on Hydrometeorology of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States

ICH 1992 J g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Investment Climate Facility for Africa

ICF 2006 Dar es Salaam Tanzania UR F g IGOs

IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions

IOCARIBE 1982 Cartagena de Indias Colombia E g IGOs

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

ICD 1999 Jeddah Saudi Arabia K g IGOs

Islamic Relief Worldwide

IRWW 1984 Birmingham UK F Humanitarian Organizations

Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research

BIDR 1974 Beer-Sheva Israel G j Institutes

JIN Climate and Sustainability

1994 Groningen Netherlands G Foundations

John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel

1984 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F f Foundations

Joint Commission of the Empress Shôken Fund

1912 Geneva Switzerland G f Funds, Humanitarian Organizations

Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

FACCE-JPI Paris France E g IGOs

Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology

JCOMM 1999 Ravenna Italy E g IGOs

JPI Climate

Brussels Belgium F g IGOs

Knightsbridge International

1995 West Hills CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

KR Foundation

2014 Copenhagen Denmark F f Foundations

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

1997 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights

1987 Lima Peru F Human Rights Organizations

Latin American and Caribbean Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

REDLAC 1999 Buenos Aires Argentina F Human Rights Organizations

Latin American Association of Emergency Medicine and Disaster Cooperation

2002 Bogota Colombia D

Latin American Center for Disaster Medicine

Havana Cuba N

Latin American Consortium on Emergency Contraception

LACEC 2000 Santo Domingo Dominican Rep F y International Federations

Latin American Society for Travel Medicine

Buenos Aires Argentina D

Latin American Travel Association


Latin American Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

LAVECCS 2007 Maldonado Uruguay D

Latin American Wind Energy Association

LAWEA 2007 Guadalajara Mexico D

LEDS Global Partnership

LEDS GP 2011 F y International Federations

Liberal International

LI 1947 London UK F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Life Line International

LLI 1963 Glenorchy Australia F

Lightning Strike and Electric Shock Survivors International

LI and ESSI 1989 Jacksonville NC USA N

Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards

LEGS 2009 Great Holland UK F

Local Authorities International Environmental Organization

1990 Lerwick UK D

Lutheran World Federation

LWF 1947 Geneva Switzerland B Humanitarian Organizations

Lutheran World Relief

LWR 1945 Baltimore MD USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate

MEF 2009 Washington DC USA F g IGOs

Many Strong Voices

MSV London UK E


1997 Little Missenden UK G

Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Centre

MEMAC 1982 Manama Bahrain E g IGOs

Marins sans frontières

1984 Neuilly-sur-Seine France N v

Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice

MRFCJ Dublin Ireland G f Foundations

Measuring Network of Wind Energy Institutes

MEASNET 1997 Madrid Spain F

Medical Emergency and Relief Cooperative International

MERCI G Humanitarian Organizations

Medical Teams International

MTI 1979 Portland OR USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Mediterranean Academy of Emergency Medicine

MAEM 2014 J

Mediterranean Council for Burns and Fire Disaster

MBC 1983 Palermo Italy F v

Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change

MedECC 2015 Marseille France F v

Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology

2012 Aix-en-Provence France G Institutes


MEDSOS 1990 Athens Greece G

Mediterranean Travel Association

META 2005 D