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

International Ice Charting Working Group

IICWG 1999 F

International Ice Patrol

IIP 1914 New London CT USA F g

International Indigenous Forum on Climate Change


International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

IIASA 1972 Laxenburg Austria D j

International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research

I2CCNER 2010 Fukuoka Fukuoka Japan G j

International Institute for Child Rights and Development

IICRD 1994 Victoria BC Canada G j

International Institute for Disaster Risk Management

IDRM 1998 Manila Philippines N j

International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction

IIIRR Calgary AB Canada D

International Institute for Rights and Development-Geneva

IRD-Geneva Geneva GE Switzerland J

International Institute of Refrigeration

IIR 1920 B gj

International Islamic Relief Organization

IIRO 1978 Jeddah Saudi Arabia G

International Labour Organization

ILO 1919 B g

International Lithosphere Program

ILP 1980 Potsdam Germany F

International Lupin Association

ILA 1980 Temuco Araucanía Chile C

International Maritime Organization

IMO 1948 London UK B g

International Meteorological Institute in Stockholm

IMI 1955 Stockholm Sweden N j

International Movement ATD Fourth World

1958 Pierrelaye France F

International Network for Climate and Health for Africa

Clim-HEALTH Africa Brazzaville Brazzaville Congo Brazzaville F y

International Ocean Discovery Program

IODP 2013 La Jolla CA USA F

International Organisation for Least Developed Countries

IOLDCs Geneva GE Switzerland C

International Organization for Biological Control

IOBC 1956 St Paul MN USA B

International Organization for Promoting Public Diplomacy, Science, Education and Youth Cooperation

Eurasian Commonwealth 1994 Moscow Moskva Russia D

International Organization for Standardization

ISO 1947 Geneva GE Switzerland B

International Orienteering Federation

IOF 1961 C

International Ornithologists' Union

IOU 1884 Baton Rouge LA USA E v

International Ozone Commission

IO3C 1948 Guyancourt France E v

International Packaged Ice Association

IPIA 1917 Tampa FL USA G

International Peace Bureau

IPB 1891 B y

International Peatland Society

IPS 1968 Jyväskylä Finland C

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association

IPIECA 1974 London UK F y

International Public Relations Network

IPRN 1995 Madrid Madrid Spain F

International Radiation Commission

IRC 1924 Boulder CO USA E v

International Rafting Federation

IRF 1997 Cape Town South Africa C

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

IRHA 2002 Geneva GE Switzerland F y

International Recovery Platform

IRP Kobe Hyogo Japan F y

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

1928 Geneva GE Switzerland F

International Relief Service of Caritas Catholica, Belgium

1948 Brussels Belgium G

International Rescue and Emergency Care Association

IRECA 1948 Minneapolis MN USA N

International Rescue Dog Organization

1993 Salzburg Austria D y

International Research Group for Psycho-Societal Analysis

IRGFPSA Stavanger Norway D

International Research Institute for Climate and Society

IRI 1996 Palisades NY USA G j

International Research Institute of Disaster Science

IRIDeS Sendai Miyagi Japan N j

International Rubber Study Group

IRSG 1944 Singapore Singapore C g

International Seed Testing Association

ISTA 1921 Bassersdorf ZH Switzerland B g

International Silambam Committee

ISC 2018 Coimbatore Tamil Nadu India G

International Snow Leopard Trust

ISLT 1981 Seattle WA USA G

International Snow Science Workshop


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