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

Network of European Meteorological Services

GIE EUMETNET 2009 Brussels Belgium F

Nomura Center for Lifelong Integrated Education

NCLIE 1962 Tokyo Japan N

Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation

NAM CSSTC 1995 Jakarta Indonesia E g

Nordic Cacti Society

1965 Køge Denmark D v

Nordic Council

NC 1952 Copenhagen Denmark D g

Nordic Council of Ministers

NCM 1971 Copenhagen Denmark D g

Nordic Meteorological Meeting

S c

Nordic Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement in Connection with Radiation Accidents

1973 T g

Nordic Travel Retail Group

NTRG Hellerup Denmark D


1983 S g

North Atlantic Ocean Weather Stations Agreement

1949 T g

Northern European Conference on Travel Medicine


Norwegian Refugee Council

NRC 1946 Oslo Norway G

Nubian Vault Association

2000 Ganges France F

Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee

NuPECC 1991 Garching Germany F v

Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel

OSS 1992 Tunis Tunisia F gy

Observatorio Sismológico del Sur Occidente

OSSO 1987 Cali Valle del Cauca Colombia G y

Ocean Observations Panel for Climate

OOPC Paris France E

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

OHCHR 1945 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

Oikosnet Europe - Ecumenical Association of Academies and Laity Centres in Europe


Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

OGCI 2014 J

Ondernemers Zonder Grenzen

OZG Boechout Belgium G f

One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership

UN CC:Learn 2009 Geneva GE Switzerland F y

OneWorld South Asia

OWSA 1999 Delhi Delhi India K

Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection against and Organization of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters

EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement 1987 Strasbourg France F g

OpenWIS Association

2015 Brussels Belgium C

Operation USA

1979 Los Angeles CA USA G

ORA International

1981 Korbach Germany G

Organización Latino-Americana y del Caribe de Turismo

OLACT 2010 Mexico City CDMX Mexico D

Organización Mundial de Periodismo Turistico


Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development

OPAD Stockholm Sweden G

Orphans Care Federation

OCF London UK J

Overseas Development Institute

ODI 1960 London UK G j

Oxfam United Kingdom

Oxfam UK 1942 Oxford UK G

Pacific Area Travel Writers Association

PATWA Delhi Delhi India G

Pacific Asia Travel Association

PATA 1951 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand D

Pacific Disaster Center

PDC 1995 Kihei HI USA G

Pacific Gender Climate Coalition

2011 Avarua Rarotonga Cook Is J

Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network

PIFON 2009 Nadi Fiji F

Pacific Islands Climate Action Network


Pacific Science Association

PSA 1920 Honolulu HI USA C

PAHO/WHO Health Emergencies Department

PHE 1977 Washington DC USA E g

Pan African Centre for Climate Policy

PACC Policy Accra Ghana G

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance

PACJA 2008 Nairobi Kenya D

Pan American Surfing Association

PASA 1992 Lima Lima Peru D

Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility Through the Youth Card

1991 Strasbourg France F g

Partnership for Quality Medical Donations

PQMD 1996 Annapolis MD USA G y

Peace and Crises Management Foundation

1992 Paris France G f

Peace House

Oklahoma City OK USA G

Peace Winds Japan

PWJ 1996 Tokyo Japan G