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

Megacities Alliance for Water under Climate Change


Mental Health Initiative for Africans in Crisis

Cutler Bay FL USA J

MENTOR Initiative

2002 Crawley UK J

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

MCC 2011 Potsdam Germany G j Institutes

Mercy Airlift International

1975 Los Angeles CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Microinsurance Network

2002 Luxembourg Luxembourg F y International Federations

Middle East and North Africa Travel Association


Middle East Burn and Fire Disaster Society

MEBFDS 1987 Ankara Turkey D

Mighty Earth

Washington DC USA G

Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

1987 Nairobi Kenya T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

More and Better

Rome Italy F y International Federations, Humanitarian Organizations

Muslim Aid

1985 London UK G Humanitarian Organizations

Nansen Bangladesh International Centre for Coastal, Ocean and Climate Studies

NABIC 2012 Dhaka Bangladesh J

NDC Partnership

2016 Washington DC USA E g IGOs

Neogene Climate Evolution in Eurasia

NECLIME 1999 Frankfurt-Main Germany F v

Network for Social Studies on Disaster Prevention in Latin America

1992 F y International Federations

Network of European Meteorological Services

GIE EUMETNET 2009 Brussels Belgium F

New World Hope Organization

NWHO 1996 Wah Cantt Pakistan G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Nordic Meteorological Meeting

S c Conference Series

Nordic Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement in Connection with Radiation Accidents

1973 T g Treaties, IGOs

Nordic Travel Retail Group

NTRG Hellerup Denmark D


1983 S g Conference Series, IGOs

North Atlantic Ocean Weather Stations Agreement

1949 T g Treaties, IGOs

Ocean Observations Panel for Climate

OOPC Paris France E

Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

OGCI 2014 E

One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership

UN CC:Learn 2009 Geneva Switzerland F y International Federations

Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection against and Organization of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters

EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement 1987 Strasbourg France F g Treaties, IGOs

OpenWIS Association

2015 Brussels Belgium C

Operation USA

1979 Los Angeles CA USA G

ORA International

1981 Korbach Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Organisation internationale pour la réduction des catastrophes

OIRC 1991 Kinshasa Congo DR G Humanitarian Organizations

Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development

OPAD Stockholm Sweden J

Oxfam United Kingdom

Oxfam UK 1942 Oxford UK G

Pacific Area Travel Writers Association

PATWA Delhi India G

Pacific Asia Travel Association

PATA 1951 Bangkok Thailand D

Pacific Disaster Center

PDC 1995 Kihei HI USA G

Pacific Gender Climate Coalition

2011 Avarua Cook Is J

Pacific Islands Climate Action Network


PAHO/WHO Health Emergencies Department

PHE 1977 Washington DC USA E g WHO Bodies, IGOs

Pan African Centre for Climate Policy

PACC Policy Accra Ghana G

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance

PACJA 2008 Nairobi Kenya D

Pan-African Agency of the Great Green Wall

PAGGW 2010 Nouakchott Mauritania D g IGOs

Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility Through the Youth Card

1991 Strasbourg France F g Treaties, IGOs

Peace and Crises Management Foundation

1992 Paris France G f Foundations

Peace Winds Japan

PWJ 1996 Tokyo Japan G

People Against Landmines

1996 Düsseldorf Germany G

People in Peril

1999 Bratislava Slovakia G

Peoples' Movement on Climate Change

PMCC Manila Philippines F

Permanent Commission for the South Pacific

1952 Guayaquil Ecuador D g IGOs

Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel

1973 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso D g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs