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

International Fog and Dew Association

IFDA 2016 Münster Germany E c

International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association

IFW and TWA 1956 Murrieta CA USA N

International Forum of Meteorological Societies

IFMS 2009 Dollard-des-Ormeaux QC Canada F y

International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates

IFTTA 1983 Fort Lauderdale FL USA F v

International Forum on Sustainable Value Chains

ISVC 2013 Horgen Switzerland F

International Foundation of the High Altitude Research Stations Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat

HFSJG 1930 Bern Switzerland F f

International Fund for Agricultural Development

IFAD Rome Italy F fg

International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association

IGLTA 1983 Fort Lauderdale FL USA G

International Geothermal Association

IGA 1988 Bonn Germany C

International Glaciological Society

IGS 1936 Cambridge C v

International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project


International Global Change Institute, Hamilton

IGCI 1997 Hamilton New Zealand G j

International Group for Wind-Related Disaster Risk Reduction

IG-WRDRR 2009 Shanghai China E y

International Heat Flow Commission

IHFC 1963 Genoa E v

International Humanitarian Centre for Rehabilitation of Survivors after Chernobyl Disaster

ROZRADA 1994 Kiev Ukraine G

International Hurricane Research Center

Miami FL USA G

International Hydropower Association

IHA 1995 London UK C

International Ice Charting Working Group

IICWG 1999 Ottawa ON Canada F

International Ice Patrol

IIP 1914 Suitland MD USA F g

International Indian Treaty Council

IITC 1974 Tucson AZ USA F

International Indigenous Forum on Climate Change


International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

IIASA 1972 Laxenburg Austria D j

International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research

I2CCNER 2010 Fukuoka Japan G j

International Institute for Disaster Risk Management

IDRM 1998 Manila Philippines N j

International Institute for Environmental Studies

IIES Peterborough ON Canada C

International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction

IIIRR Calgary AB Canada D

International Institute for Rights and Development-Geneva

IRD-Geneva Geneva Switzerland J

International Institute of Refrigeration

IIR 1920 Paris France B gj

International Islamic Relief Organization

IIRO 1978 Jeddah Saudi Arabia G

International Labour Organization

ILO 1919 Geneva Switzerland B g

International Lithosphere Program

ILP 1980 Columbia MO F

International Lupin Association

ILA 1980 Temuco C

International Maritime Organization

IMO 1948 London UK B g

International Meteorological Institute in Stockholm

IMI 1955 Stockholm Sweden N j

International Methane Emission Observatory

IMEO 2021 J g

International Movement ATD Fourth World

1958 Pierrelaye France F

International Network for Autonomous Ships

INAS 2017 Trondheim Norway F

International Network for Climate and Health for Africa

Clim-HEALTH Africa Brazzaville Congo Brazzaville F y

International Ocean Discovery Program

IODP 2013 La Jolla CA USA F

International Ocean Institute

IOI 1972 Msida Malta E j

International Organisation for Biological Control

IOBC 1956 Wageningen B

International Organisation for Least Developed Countries

IOLDCs Geneva Switzerland C

International Organisation of Vine and Wine

OIV 1924 Paris France C gy

International Organization for Educational Development

IOED 2014 Delhi India G v

International Organization for Promoting Public Diplomacy, Science, Education and Youth Cooperation

Eurasian Commonwealth 1994 Moscow Russia D

International Organization for Science and Technology Education

IOSTE 1979 Sao Paulo C v

International Organization for Standardization

ISO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B

International Orienteering Federation

IOF 1961 Karlstad Sweden C

International Ornithologists' Union

IOU 1884 Baton Rouge LA USA E v

International Ozone Commission

IO3C 1948 Guyancourt France E v