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

Red Cross EU Office

1983 Brussels Belgium E

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

Climate Centre 2002 The Hague Netherlands G

Red Iberoamericana de Oficinas de Cambio Climatico

RIOCC 2004 Madrid Spain D g IGOs

RedR International

1980 Tiverton UK F Humanitarian Organizations

Regional Assistance Treaty on Food Emergencies

TAREA T g Treaties, IGOs

Regional Centre for Training and Water Studies of Arid and Semiarid Zones, Cairo

RCTWS 2002 Cairo Egypt G g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Regional Committee on Hydraulic Resources of Water Resources Committee of the Central American Isthmus

1966 San José Costa Rica E g IGOs

Regional Disaster Information Center for Latin America and the Caribbean

1990 San José Costa Rica E

Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action

REGATTA Panama Panama F

Regional Humid Tropics Hydrology and Water Resources Centre for South East Asia and the Pacific

HTC 1997 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E g IGOs

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre - Wider Caribbean

REMPEITC-Carib 1994 Willemstad Curaçao E g IGOs

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea

REMPEC 1976 Valletta Malta E g IGOs

Regional Study Centre for Resistance and Adaptation to Drought

1989 Thiès Senegal K

Regional Water Centre for Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Latin America and the Caribbean

2003 La Serena Chile G g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Regions of Climate Action

R20 2010 Geneva Switzerland C g IGOs

Relief International

1990 Los Angeles CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies


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 Foundations

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


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


Société francophone de médecine d'urgence

SFMU 1984 Paris France G

Société Francophone de Néphrologie Dialyse et Transplantation

SFNDT 2003 Wimereux France 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

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe

SETAC Europe 1989 Brussels Belgium E

Solar Influences Data Analysis Centre

SIDC 1981 Brussels Belgium E

Solar Wind Conference

S c Conference Series


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