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

WMO Resource Mobilization Office

RMO Geneva Switzerland K g IGOs

WMO Space Programme

Geneva Switzerland K g IGOs

WMO Staff Association

Geneva Switzerland E v Staff Associations

WMO World Data Centre for Greenhouse Gases

WDCGG 1990 Tokyo Japan K

WMO World Ozone and Ultra-Violet Data Centre

WOUDC 1961 Toronto ON Canada K g IGOs

WMO World Radiation Data Centre, St Petersburg

WRDC 1964 St Petersburg Russia K

WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones

PTC 1972 Islamabad Pakistan E g IGOs

Women's Climate Initiative

WCI G

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International

WECAN 2011 Mill Valley CA USA G

Working Group on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests

Montreal Process 1994 Tokyo Japan E

World Airlines Clubs Association

WACA 1966 Montréal QC Canada C Clubs

World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine

WADEM 1976 Madison WI USA F v

World City Ice and Snow Tourism Cooperation Organization

WCISTCO J

World Climate Research Programme

WCRP 1979 Geneva Switzerland F

World Community Chaplains

1978 West Hills CA USA N

World Deserts Foundation

2002 Algiers Algeria F f Foundations

World Emergency Relief

WER San Dimas CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands B y International Federations

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y Professional Bodies, International Federations

World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers

1954 C

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

World Food Travel Association

WFTA 2003 Portland OR USA N

World Institute for Disaster Risk Management

DRM Alexandria VA USA G j Institutes

World Mayors Council on Climate Change

WMCCC 2005 Bonn Germany E

World Merit

Liverpool UK G

World Meteorological Organization

WMO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

World Tourism Forum Lucerne

Lucerne Switzerland G

World Travel Agents Associations Alliance

WTAAA 2008 Benmore South Africa C

World Travel and Tourism Council

WTTC 1990 London UK F v

World Weather Watch

WWW 1968 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

World Wide Fund for Nature

WWF 1961 Gland Switzerland F f Funds, Funds

World Wind Energy Association

WWEA 2001 Bonn Germany C y International Federations

World Wind Energy Institute

WWEI 2006 Hurup Thy Denmark E j Institutes

World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation

WYSE Travel Confederation Amsterdam Netherlands C y International Federations

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

1991 Wuppertal Germany G j Institutes

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