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

Special Emergency Assistance Fund for Drought and Famine in Africa

SEAF 1984 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F gf Humanitarian Organizations, Funds, IGOs

Special Operations in Rescue Team

2002 Buenos Aires Argentina G

Stamp Out Poverty

2002 London UK G y Funds, International Federations

Standing International Road Weather Commission

SIRWEC 1985 Dorval QC Canada E v

Start Network

2010 F y Humanitarian Organizations

Stiftung Mercator

1996 Essen Germany G f Foundations

Stockholm International Water Institute

SIWI 1997 Stockholm Sweden G j Institutes

Sustainable Travel International

STI 2002 White Salmon WA USA G

Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations

1998 Geneva Switzerland T g Treaties, IGOs

Tax Free World Association

TFWA 1984 Paris France G

Tearfund, UK

1968 Teddington UK G f Funds, Funds

The Elders Foundation

2007 London UK F vf Foundations

The European Travel Agents' and Tour Operators' Associations

ECTAA 1961 Brussels Belgium E

The Intrepid Foundation

2002 Melbourne Australia J f Foundations

Timor Aid

1998 Dili Timor-Leste G Humanitarian Organizations

Trans Africa Pipeline

TAP 2005 Toronto ON Canada G

Trans-African HydroMeteorological Observatory

TAHMO 2015 F

Travel and Tourism Research Association

TTRA 1970 Whitehall MI USA G

Travel Technology Association

Travel Tech 1999 Arlington VA USA N

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and under Water

1963 T g Treaties, IGOs

Tree Aid

1987 Bristol UK G

Triangle génération humanitaire

TGH 1994 Lyon France G Humanitarian Organizations

TROPICA VERDE

1989 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Norwich UK G Institutes

UN Climate Resilience Initiative

A2R 2015 E y United Nations Bodies

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIK 1999 Pristina Kosovo E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations, NATO Bod

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y United Nations Bodies, International Federations, Humanitarian Organizations

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi India E g UNESCO Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations

UFTAA 1966 Monaco Monaco B

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy United Nations Bodies, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations, Intergovernmental Communities, 160000

United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund

CERF 2006 New York NY USA F gf United Nations Bodies, Funds, IGOs

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNCED S gc United Nations Bodies, Conference Series, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

UNCCD 1994 Bonn Germany T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g UNESCO Bodies, United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Foundation

UNF 1998 Washington DC USA G f United Nations Bodies, Foundations

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

UNFCCC 1992 Bonn Germany T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Secretariat

UNFCCC Climate Change Secretariat 1995 Bonn Germany E g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

UNISDR Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

1991 New York NY USA F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UNPFII 2000 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response

UN-SPIDER 2006 Vienna Austria F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gjv United Nations Bodies, Institutes, IGOs

Up With People

UWP 1965 Denver CO USA F

Urban Climate Change Research Network

UCCRN New York NY USA N

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

UAF 1997 Oakland CA USA G f Funds, Human Rights Organizations

US Global Change Research Information Office

GCRIO 1990 Washington DC USA G g IGOs

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