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 Ocean Discovery Program

IODP 2013 La Jolla CA USA F

International Organisation for LDCs

IOLDCs Geneva Switzerland J Human Rights Organizations

International Organization for Standardization

ISO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B

International Ozone Commission

IO3C 1948 Guyancourt France E v

International Packaged Ice Association

IPIA 1917 Tampa FL USA G

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association

IPIECA 1974 London UK F y International Federations

International Radiation Commission

IRC 1924 Boulder CO USA E v

International Radio Emergency Support Coalition

IRESC 2004 Pueblo CO USA J

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

IRHA 2002 Geneva Switzerland F y International Federations

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

1928 Geneva Switzerland F Humanitarian Organizations

International Relief Service of Caritas Catholica, Belgium

1948 Brussels Belgium G Humanitarian Organizations

International Rescue and Emergency Care Association

IRECA 1948 Minneapolis MN USA N

International Research Institute for Climate and Society

IRI 1996 Palisades NY USA G j Institutes

International Research Institute of Disaster Science

IRIDeS Sendai Japan N j Institutes

International Snow Leopard Trust

ISLT 1981 Seattle WA USA G

International Snow Science Workshop

ISSW E c Conference Series

International Society for Aeolian Research


International Society for Agricultural Meteorology

INSAM Bruchem Netherlands C

International Society for Atmospheric Research Using Remotely Piloted Aircraft

ISARRA 2013 D v

International Society for Electrostatic Precipitation

ISESP 1986 Birmingham AL USA C

International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management

IDRiM Society 2009 Kyoto Japan C

International Society of Acoustic Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Oceans

ISARS 1981 Vienna Austria D

International Society of Biometeorology

ISB 1956 Milwaukee WI USA B y International Federations

International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate

ISIAQ 1992 Herndon VA USA C

International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology

ISMH 1921 Porto Portugal C

International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators

ISTTE St Clair Shores MI USA N

International Society of Travel Medicine

ISTM 1991 Dunwoody GA USA F v

International Sonoran Desert Alliance

ISDA 1994 Ajo AZ USA N

International SOS Foundation

ISOS Foundation 2011 Amsterdam Netherlands F f Foundations

International Space Environment Service

ISES 1962 Boulder CO USA F

International Sports Travel Agencies Association

ISTAA 2009 Lausanne Switzerland C

International Sustainability and Carbon Certification

ISCC 2011 Cologne Germany G

International Sustainable Energy Organization

ISEO 2002 Geneva Switzerland D

International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

ISICEM 1980 Brussels Belgium G c Conference Series

International Symposium on Wind Energy Systems

Bedford UK S c Conference Series

International Telecommunication Union

ITU 1865 Geneva Switzerland B g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

International Trade Union Confederation

ITUC 2006 Brussels Belgium A y International Federations, Trade and Labour Unions, Human Rights Organizations

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

IUCN 1948 Gland Switzerland A y International Federations

International Wind Synthesis Association


International Windship Association

IWSA 2014 Maidstone UK D

International Women's Rights Project

IWRP 1998 G Human Rights Organizations

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 Aid

London UK N Humanitarian Organizations

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