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

Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

GRA 2009 C g

Global Resilient Cities Network

GRCN 2019 J

Global Rights

1978 Abuja Nigeria G

Global Risk Forum

GRF Davos Davos-Platz Switzerland G

Global Runoff Data Centre

GRDC 1988 Koblenz Germany E g

Global Soil Partnership

GSP Rome Italy E gy

Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference

G-STIC 2017 S c

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

GSTC 2010 Washington DC USA B y

Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments

Global Taskforce 2013 F y

Global Terrestrial Observing System

GTOS 1996 F g

Global Warming International Center

GWIC 1986 E

Global Water Partnership

GWP 1996 Stockholm Sweden F

Global Wind Energy Council

GWEC 2005 Brussels Belgium E

Global Witness

GW 1993 London UK G

Global Young Academy

GYA 2010 Halle (Saale) Germany F v

GlobalMedic

Toronto ON Canada G

Globethics.net Foundation

2005 Geneva Switzerland F f

Good Energies Foundation

2007 Zug Switzerland J f

Graduate Women International

GWI 1919 Versoix Switzerland B

Grassland Society of Southern Africa

GSSA 1966 Middelburg South Africa N

Grassroots International

GI 1983 Boston MA USA G

Green Ark Committee

GRC 2011 Kinshasa Congo DR F

Green Belt Movement

1977 Nairobi Kenya F

Green Climate Fund

GCF 2010 Incheon Korea Rep F fg

Green Cooling Initiative

GCI 2014 Eschborn Germany G

Green Cross International

GCI 1993 Geneva Switzerland F

Green Hotels Association

1993 Houston TX USA D

Green Jobs and Sustainable Development International Centre

GJASD International 2014 Geneva Switzerland C

Greening of Industry Network

GIN 1991 Enschede Netherlands F t

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 Care Without Harm Europe

HCWH Europe 2003 Brussels Belgium E y

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

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

1957 Delft Netherlands E jv

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