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

IHG Owners Association

1956 Atlanta GA USA C e

IIED América-Latina

1988 Buenos Aires Argentina E j

ILGA Oceania


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

2006 Stockholm Sweden D t

Initiative on Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes

HARMO 1991 F

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 Geopolitical Research and Development

INGRED 2011 Antwerp Belgium F f

Institute for Research on World Systems

IROWS 2000 Riverside CA USA G j

Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change


Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium

IAMC 2007 Venice Italy C y

Integrated Carbon Observation System

ICOS 2008 Helsinki Finland F

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

Inter-State Commission for Water Coordination of Central Asia

ICWC 1992 Tashkent Uzbekistan E g

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 the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges

IAAI 2007 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee Austria D

International Association for Urban Climate

IAUC 2000 Dublin Ireland D

International Association of Advanced Materials

IAAM 2010 Ulrika Sweden C

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators

IAATO 1991 Kingston RI USA D

International Association of Applied Psychology

IAAP 1920 Indianapolis IN USA B v

International Association of Biological Oceanography

IABO 1966 St Petersburg FL USA C

International Association of Broadcast Meteorology

IABM 1994 New Milton UK C

International Association of Cryospheric Sciences

IACS 2007 Edinburgh UK D

International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners


International Association of Emergency Managers

IAEM 1952 Falls Church VA USA G

International Association of EMTs and Paramedics


International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy

IAGA 1919 Potsdam Germany B

International Association of Geomorphologists

IAG 1989 Modena Italy B y

International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists

IAPMA 1986 C

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers

HFIAW 1903 Lanham MD USA G