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

People Against Landmines

1996 Düsseldorf Germany G

People in Peril

1999 Bratislava Slovakia G

Peoples' Movement on Climate Change

PMCC Manila Philippines F

Permanent Conference of Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators

1996 Rome RM Italy E y

Pew Center on Global Climate Change

1998 Arlington VA USA G

Phyto-sanitary Convention for Africa South of the Sahara

1954 T g

Plan International

1937 Woking UK F

Planète urgence

Versailles France G

PMU Interlife

1965 Stockholm Sweden G

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

PIK 1992 Potsdam Germany G j

Première Urgence Internationale

1979 Asnières-sur-Seine France G

Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

PWRDF 1959 Toronto ON Canada G f

Prince of Wales's EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change

EU CLG 2007 Brussels Belgium G

Pro-Natura International

1986 Paris France F

ProAct

Nyon VD Switzerland F

Professional Travel Bloggers Association

PTBA G

Project Survival Pacific

PSP Carlton VIC Australia G

PROMITHEASNET

F

ProTerra Foundation

2012 Bilthoven Netherlands F f

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Marine Pollution in Cases of Emergency in the Eastern African Region

1985 Victoria Mahe Seychelles T g

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Pollution Emergencies in the South Pacific Region

1986 Apia Samoa T g

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Pollution in Cases of Emergency

1981 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire T g

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

1976 Athens Greece T g

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Preventing Pollution from Ships and, in Cases of Emergency, Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea

2002 Athens Greece T g

Protocol Concerning Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Case of Emergency

1982 Jeddah Saudi Arabia T g

Protocol Concerning Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

1978 Safat Kuwait T g

Protocol Concerning the Abolition of Passports for Travel

1952 T g

Protocol on Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Black Sea Marine Environment by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Emergency Situations

1992 Istanbul Istanbul Turkey T g

Protocol to the General Treaty of Central American Economic Integration - Emergency Measures to Protect the Balance of Payments, 1968

1968 T g

Protocol to the General Treaty of Central American Economic Integration - Emergency Measures to Protect the Balance of Payments, 1973

1973 T g

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

2006 Washington DC USA G

Radiant Earth Foundation

Washington DC USA G f

Rainforest Action Network

RAN 1985 San Francisco CA USA F

Reach Out WorldWide

ROWW Burbank CA USA N

Red Cross and Red Crescent Youth

1922 Geneva GE Switzerland K

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 Madrid Spain D g

RedR International

1980 Tiverton UK F

Regional Assistance Treaty on Food Emergencies

TAREA T g

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

RCTWS 2002 Cairo Cairo Egypt G g

Regional Disaster Information Center for Latin America and the Caribbean

1990 E

Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action

REGATTA Panama Panama Panama F

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

HTC 1997 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E g

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre - Wider Caribbean

REMPEITC-Carib 1994 Willemstad Curaçao E g

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea

REMPEC 1976 Valletta Malta E g

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

2003 La Serena Coquimbo Chile G g

Regions of Climate Action

R20 2010 Geneva GE Switzerland C g

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 F

Relief International

1990 Los Angeles CA USA G

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