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 Association of Horticultural Producers

Didcot UK C

International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences

IAMAS 1919 Madison WI USA B

International Association of Reservation Executives

IARE 1985 Omaha NE USA N

International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation

IASP 1984 Malaga Spain B

International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior

IASPEI 1901 Kjeller Norway B

International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences

IAAS 1957 Leuven Belgium C

International Association of Wind Engineering

IAWE 1975 Shanghai China C y

International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services

iAWFES 2007 Madison WI USA N

International Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth Initiative

ACRE 2006 Exeter UK F

International Atomic Energy Agency

IAEA 1957 Vienna Austria B g

International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association

IBMA 1995 Brussels Belgium D

International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO

IBC 1993 Paris France E v

International Blue Crescent

IBC 1999 Istanbul Turkey G

International Book Project

1966 N

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas

ICARDA 1977 Beirut Lebanon E g

International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies

ICASALS 1966 Lubbock TX USA G

International Center for Biosaline Agriculture

ICBA 1999 Dubai United Arab Emirates E

International Center for Climate Governance

ICCG 2009 Venice Italy G

International Center for Ethnobotanical Education Research and Service

ICEERS Barcelona Spain D

International Centre for Climate Change and Development

ICCCAD Dhaka Bangladesh G

International Centre for Eremology

ICE 1989 Ghent Belgium G

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

ICIMOD 1981 Kathmandu Nepal E g

International Centre for Research and Study on Tourism

1996 Aix-en-Provence France N

International Centre for Space Weather Science and Education

ICSWSE J

International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change

ICWRGC Koblenz Germany E g

International Centre of Climate and Environmental Sciences

ICCES 1991 Beijing China G

International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage

HIST 2007 Beijing China E g

International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"

1999 F

International Civil Aviation Organization

ICAO 1947 Montréal QC Canada B g

International Civil Defence Organization

ICDO Geneva Switzerland C gy

International Cleantech Network

ICN 2009 Copenhagen Denmark F

International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project

ICECAP N

International Climate Change Information Programme

ICCIP Hamburg Germany F y

International Climate Change Partnership

ICCP 1991 Arlington VA USA G

International Climate Development Institute

ICDI Taipei Taiwan G

International Climate Initiative

ICI 2008 Berlin Germany G g

International Climate Science Coalition

ICSC Ottawa ON Canada F

International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons

ICBUW 2003 Berlin Germany F y

International Commission for Alpine Rescue

ICAR 1948 Zurich Switzerland D

International Commission for the History of Travel and Tourism

ICHTT 2002 Oakland CA USA E

International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine

ICPR 1963 Koblenz Germany D g

International Commission for the Rights of Aboriginal Peoples

ICRA International 1988 Fontenay-sous-Bois France E

International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution

ICACGP 1957 Bremen Germany E v

International Commission on Atmospheric Electricity

ICAE Gifu Japan E v

International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation

ICCP 1967 E v

International Commission on Dynamical Meteorology

ICDM 1967 Parkville VIC Australia E v

International Commission on History of Meteorology

ICHM 2001 Fairfax VA USA E v

International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage

ICID 1950 Delhi India B

International Commission on Middle Atmosphere Science

ICMA Kyoto Japan E v

International Commission on Planetary Atmospheres and their Evolution

ICPAE Madison WI USA E v

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