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

Overseas Development Institute

ODI 1960 London UK G j Institutes, Humanitarian Organizations

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

PICAN E

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 House

Oklahoma City OK USA G Human Rights Organizations

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

Pew Center on Global Climate Change

1998 Arlington VA USA G

Phyto-sanitary Convention for Africa South of the Sahara

1954 T g Treaties, IGOs

Planète urgence

Versailles France G

PMU Interlife

1965 Stockholm Sweden G Humanitarian Organizations

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

PIK 1992 Potsdam Germany G j Institutes

Première Urgence Internationale

1979 Asnières-sur-Seine France G Humanitarian Organizations

Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

PWRDF 1959 Toronto ON Canada G f Humanitarian Organizations, Funds

Prince of Wales's EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change

EU CLG 2007 Brussels Belgium G

Pro-Natura International

1986 Paris France F

ProAct

Nyon Switzerland F

Professional Travel Bloggers Association

PTBA G Professional Bodies

PROJECT C.U.R.E.

1987 Centennial CO USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Project Survival Pacific

PSP Carlton Australia G

PROMITHEASNET

F

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Marine Pollution in Cases of Emergency in the Eastern African Region

1985 Mahé Seychelles T g Treaties, IGOs

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Pollution Emergencies in the South Pacific Region

1986 Apia Samoa T g Treaties, IGOs

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Pollution in Cases of Emergency

1981 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire T g Treaties, IGOs

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

1976 Athens Greece T g Treaties, IGOs

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Preventing Pollution from Ships and, in Cases of Emergency, Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea

2002 Athens Greece T g Treaties, IGOs

Protocol Concerning Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Case of Emergency

1982 Jeddah Saudi Arabia T g Treaties, IGOs

Protocol Concerning Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

1978 Safat Kuwait T g Treaties, IGOs

Protocol Concerning the Abolition of Passports for Travel

1952 T g Treaties, IGOs

Protocol on Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Black Sea Marine Environment by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Emergency Situations

1992 Istanbul Turkey T g Treaties, IGOs

Protocol to the General Treaty of Central American Economic Integration - Emergency Measures to Protect the Balance of Payments, 1968

1968 T g Treaties, IGOs

Protocol to the General Treaty of Central American Economic Integration - Emergency Measures to Protect the Balance of Payments, 1973

1973 T g Treaties, IGOs

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

2006 Washington DC USA G

Rainforest Action Network

RAN 1985 San Francisco CA USA F Human Rights Organizations

Reach Out WorldWide

ROWW Burbank CA USA N

REACT International

1962 Glendale CA USA N Humanitarian Organizations

Red Cross and Red Crescent Youth

1922 Geneva Switzerland K

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