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

GreenMicrofinance Center

GMfC Phoenixville PA USA G

Group on Earth Observations

GEO 2005 Geneva Switzerland F g

Groupe de Secours Catastrophe Français

CSCF 1999 Villeneuve d'Ascq France N

Groupe de Travail Désertification

GTD 2001 Viols-le-Fort France G y

Groupe francophone de réanimation et urgences pédiatriques

GFRUP Bordeaux France G

Groupe urgence, réhabilitation et développement

Groupe URD 1993 Plaisians France G

Grupo de Operaciones Especiales en Rescate

GOER 2002 Buenos Aires Argentina G

Guild of European Business Travel Agents

GEBTA 1990 Brussels Belgium F

Hammer Forum

Hamm Germany G

Hanwang Forum

2011 Beijing China J

Health of Mother Earth Foundation

HOMEF Benin City Nigeria G f

Help - Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe

1981 Bonn Germany G

High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Panel 2018 Washington DC USA F y

Higher Institute of Emergency Planning - European Centre Florival

1991 Brussels Belgium G gjn

Human Appeal

1984 Cheadle UK F

Human Relief Foundation

HRF 1991 Bradford UK G f

Human Rights Funders Network

HRFN 1994 New York NY USA G

Hydrometeorological Research Institute of Uzhydromet

NIGMI 1957 Tashkent Uzbekistan G j

IFOAM - Organics International

IFOAM 1972 Bonn Germany B

IIED América-Latina

1988 Buenos Aires Argentina E j

IMA World Health

IMA 1960 Washington DC USA G y

IMO International Maritime Law Institute

IMLI 1988 Msida Malta E j

Indigenous World Association

1981 Kahnawake QC Canada F

Industrianställda i Norden

Nordic IN 2006 Stockholm Sweden D

Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement

IHEID 2008 Geneva Switzerland G j

Institut des régions arides, Tunisia

IRA 1976 Médenine Tunisia G j

Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d'Ecologie marine et continentale

IMBE 2012 Aix-en-Provence France G

Institute for Conscious Global Change

ICGC 2007 New York NY USA G

Institute for Research on World Systems

IROWS 2000 Riverside CA USA G j

Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

IIGCC London UK F

Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium

IAMC 2007 Venice Italy C y

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies

INEE 2000 New York NY USA F y

Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction

IACNDR 1999 Washington DC USA E g

Inter-American Convention to Facilitate Disaster Assistance

1991 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research

IAI 1992 Montevideo Uruguay E gj

Inter-Parliamentary Union

IPU 1889 Geneva Switzerland B y

InterAction Council

IAC 1983 Toronto ON Canada F v

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

IPCC 1988 Geneva Switzerland E g

International Academies of Emergency Dispatch

IAED 1988 Salt Lake City UT USA G

International Agri-Food Network

IAFN 1996 F y

International Air Transport Association

IATA 1945 Geneva Switzerland B y

International Airlines Travel Agent Network

IATAN Montréal QC Canada G

International Alert

1986 London UK F

International Alliance of Women

IAW 1902 Lagos Nigeria B

International Arid Lands Consortium

IALC 1989 Tucson AZ USA G

International Association for Ecology

INTECOL 1967 Seoul Korea Rep B y

International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products

1995 Brussels Belgium D y

International Association for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention

IASP 1960 Washington DC USA C y

International Association for Urban Climate

IAUC 2000 Dublin Ireland D

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators

IAATO 1991 Kingston RI USA D

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