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

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 Global Compact

2000 New York NY USA F y United Nations Bodies, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

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 Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, 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

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, 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

US Travel Association

1939 Washington DC USA G

UWC Red Cross Nordic

RCNUWC 1995 Flekke Norway G Humanitarian Organizations

Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer

Ozone treaty 1985 Nairobi Kenya T g Treaties, IGOs

Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies

VOICE 1992 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

Walking Tree Travel

Denver CO USA G e Corporations, Companies

WATA

1949 La Rippe Switzerland F

Water and Development Information for Arid Lands Global Network

G-WADI 2004 Paris France F y International Federations, UNESCO Bodies

Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean

1992 Panama Panama E g IGOs

Water Mission International

Water Mission 2001 North Charleston SC USA G

We Mean Business

F y International Federations

Weather Risk Management Association

WRMA 1999 Washington DC USA C

Weltnotwerk der KAB

Cologne Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use

WASCAL Accra Ghana D g IGOs

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West Asia Regional Network on Climate Change

WARN-CC 2010 J

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen Netherlands B

WHO Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network

WHO/REMPAN Geneva Switzerland F WHO Bodies

Wildlife Alliance

1994 New York NY USA F

WindEurope

1982 Brussels Belgium D

Winds of Hope Foundation

1999 Lausanne Switzerland G f Foundations

Witness

1992 Brooklyn NY USA G Human Rights Organizations

WMO Applications of Meteorology Programme

AMP Geneva Switzerland K g IGOs

WMO Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme

AREP Geneva Switzerland K g IGOs

WMO Climate Data Information Referral Service

INFOCLIMA Geneva Switzerland K g IGOs

WMO Disaster Risk Reduction Programme

DRR 2003 Geneva Switzerland K g IGOs

WMO Education and Training Programme

Geneva Switzerland K g IGOs

WMO Hydrology and Water Resources Programme

HWRP Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

WMO Integrated Global Observing System

WIGOS Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

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