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

Relief International

1990 Los Angeles CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies

RAISE New York NY USA G

Réseau Sahel Désertification

ReSaD 2010 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F

Responding to Climate Change

RTCC 2002 London UK J

Right to Energy - SOS Future

2000 Montreuil France G Human Rights Organizations

Risk Prediction Initiative

RPI 1993 St George's Bermuda N Institutes

Road Scholar - Elderhostel

1975 Boston MA USA G Alumni and Veterans

Sahara and Sahel Observatory

1992 Tunis Tunisia F gy International Federations, IGOs

Sahara Conservation Fund

SCF Marana AZ USA F f Funds, Funds

SAHARA for Life Trust

Lahore Pakistan G

Sahara Resource Network

2001 Port Elizabeth South Africa G

Saharan Studies Association

SSA 1992 Stanford CA USA G

Sea Alarm Foundation

1999 Brussels Belgium F f Foundations

Sea Change Foundation International

2011 N f

Search and Rescue

SAR 1972 Limoges-Fourches France F y International Federations

Secours catholique - Caritas France

1946 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations

Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Ozone Secretariat 1989 Nairobi Kenya E g Treaties, IGOs

Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Secretariat of the UNCCD 1999 Bonn Germany E g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

SEEDS Asia

2006 Kobe Japan D

Seismological Observatory of the South West

1987 Cali Colombia G y International Federations

Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development

AU SAFGRAD 1977 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso E g IGOs

SERVAS International

1949 Zurich Switzerland F

Service d'entraide et de liaison

SEL 1980 Bagneux France G Humanitarian Organizations

Simply Help

2000 Los Angeles CA USA G

Small Island Developing States - Island Energy for Island Life

SIDS DOCK E g IGOs

Société francophone de médecine d'urgence

SFMU 1984 Paris France G

Société Francophone de Néphrologie Dialyse et Transplantation

SFNDT 2003 D

Society for Incentive Travel Excellence

SITE 1973 Chicago IL USA F v Professional Bodies

Society of American Travel Writers

SATW 1956 Oak Creek WI USA G v

Solar Influences Data Analysis Centre

SIDC 1981 Brussels Belgium E

SolarAid

2006 London UK G

Solidarity With Women in Distress

SOLWODI 1985 Boppard Hirzenach Germany G

SOS boîtes de lait

1963 Montreuil-sous-Bois France G

SOS Catastrophes - European Disaster Victims Network

SOS Catastrophes 2013 Brussels Belgium F

SOS Children's Villages International

1949 Innsbruck Austria B

SOS Drugs International

1984 La-Plaine-Saint-Denis France G

SOS Kids International - SOS Kindermoord

1991 Ghent Belgium N

SOS Layettes

1967 Herstal Belgium G

SOS racisme international

1984 Paris France G

SOS SAHEL

1976 Asnières-sur-Seine France F

SOS-enfants sans frontières

1974 Paris France G

South Asian Initiative on Disaster Migration

Duryog Nivaran 1995 Colombo Sri Lanka F

South Asian Youth Climate Coalition

SAYCC Orissa India D

Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Institute

SEADPRI 2008 Bangi Malaysia G j Institutes

Southeast Asia Regional Committee

SARCS 1993 Chung Li Taiwan E

Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management

SASSCAL D g IGOs

Southern Connection

SC 1992 Christchurch New Zealand F v

SouthSouthNorth

SSN 1999 Cape Town South Africa F

Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta

1099 Rome Italy R Humanitarian Organizations, Religious Orders

Space Weather European Network

SWENET 2005 Paris France F g IGOs

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