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 Society for Electrostatic Precipitation

ISESP 1986 Birmingham AL USA C

International Society for Environmental Ergonomics

1986 Loughborough UK E c

International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management

IDRiM Society 2009 Kyoto Kyoto Japan C

International Society of Acoustic Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Oceans

ISARS 1981 Vienna Austria D

International Society of Biometeorology

ISB 1956 Norfolk VA USA B y

International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate

ISIAQ 1992 Herndon VA USA C

International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology

ISMH 1921 Porto Portugal C

International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers

ISOPE 1989 Cupertino CA USA C

International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators

ISTTE St Clair Shores MI USA N

International Society of Travel Medicine

ISTM 1991 Dunwoody GA USA F v

International Soil Tillage Research Organization

ISTRO 1973 Dundee UK B

International Sonoran Desert Alliance

ISDA 1994 Ajo AZ USA N

International SOS Foundation

ISOS Foundation 2011 Amsterdam Netherlands F f

International Space Environment Service

ISES 1962 Boulder CO USA F

International Sports Travel Agencies Association

ISTAA 2009 Lausanne VD Switzerland C

International Stainless Steel Forum

ISSF 1995 Brussels Belgium F y

International Sustainability and Carbon Certification

ISCC 2011 Cologne Germany G

International Sustainable Energy Organization

ISEO 2002 D

International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

ISICEM 1980 Brussels Belgium G c

International Symposium on Wind Energy Systems

Bedford UK S c

International Telecommunication Union

ITU 1985 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

International Theatre Institute

ITI 1948 Paris France B j

International Trade Union Confederation

ITUC 2006 Brussels Belgium A y

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

IUCN 1948 Gland VD Switzerland A y

International Union of Forest Research Organizations

IUFRO 1892 Vienna Austria B y

International Union of Property Owners

1923 C

International Wind Synthesis Association

IWSA Boston MA USA N

International Windship Association

IWSA 2014 Maidstone UK D

International Women's Rights Project

IWRP 1998 G

International Working Group on Satellite-Based Emergency Mapping

IWG-SEM 2012 F y

International Young Nature Friends

IYNF 1975 Prague Czech Rep C

International-Lawyers.Org

INTLawyers 2010 Geneva GE Switzerland F

Internationale Rheinregulierung

IRR 1892 Rorschach SG Switzerland G g

Internationals amis de la nature

IAN 1895 D

INTERSOS

1992 Rome RM Italy G

Interstate Council on Hydrometeorology of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States

ICH 1992 J g

Investment Climate Facility for Africa

ICF 2006 Dar es Salaam Dar es Salaam Tanzania UR F g

IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions

IOCARIBE 1982 Cartagena de Indias Bolivar Colombia E g

Islamic Aid

London UK N

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

ICD 1999 Jeddah Saudi Arabia K g

Islamic Relief Worldwide

IRWW 1984 Birmingham UK F

Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research

BIDR 1974 Beersheba Israel G j

Jesuit Conference of European Provincials

JCEP Brussels Belgium F

JIN Climate and Sustainability

1994 Groningen Netherlands G

Johanniter International

JOIN Brussels Belgium E

John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel

1984 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F f

Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on the Transfer of Real Resources to Developing Countries

Development Committee 1974 Washington DC USA E g

Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

FACCE-JPI Paris France E g

Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology

JCOMM 1999 Ravenna RA Italy E g

JPI Climate

Brussels Belgium F g

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