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 Recovery Platform

IRP Kobe Japan F y

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

1928 Geneva Switzerland F

International Relief Service of Caritas Catholica, Belgium

1948 Brussels Belgium G

International Rescue and Emergency Care Association

IRECA 1948 Minneapolis MN USA N

International Research Group for Psycho-Societal Analysis

IRGFPSA Stavanger Norway D

International Research Institute for Climate and Society

IRI 1996 Palisades NY USA G j

International Research Institute of Disaster Science

IRIDeS Sendai Japan N j

International Rubber Study Group

IRSG 1944 Singapore Singapore C g

International Schools Association

ISA 1951 Geneva Switzerland B

International Seed Testing Association

ISTA 1921 Bassersdorf Switzerland B g

International Silambam Committee

ISC 2018 Coimbatore India G

International Ski Mountaineering Federation

ISMF 1999 Mondovì Italy C

International Snow Leopard Trust

ISLT 1981 Seattle WA USA G

International Snow Science Workshop

ISSW E c

International Society for Aeolian Research

ISAR Lubbock TX USA D

International Society for Agricultural Meteorology

INSAM Bruchem Netherlands C

International Society for Atmospheric Research Using Remotely Piloted Aircraft

ISARRA 2013 D v

International Society for Digital Earth

ISDE 2006 Beijing China D

International Society for Electrostatic Precipitation

ISESP 1986 Birmingham AL USA C

International Society for Environmental Ergonomics

1986 Loughborough UK E c

International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management

IDRiM Society 2009 Kyoto Japan C

International Society of Acoustic Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Oceans

ISARS 1981 Vienna Austria D

International Society of Biometeorology

ISB 1956 Norfolk VA USA B y

International Society of Doctors for the Environment

ISDE 1990 Basel Switzerland C v

International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate

ISIAQ 1992 Herndon VA USA C

International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology

ISMH 1921 Porto Portugal C

International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers

ISOPE 1989 Cupertino CA USA C

International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators

ISTTE St Clair Shores MI USA N

International Society of Travel Medicine

ISTM 1991 Dunwoody GA USA F v

International Society on Participatory Mapping

ISPM C

International Soil Tillage Research Organization

ISTRO 1973 Dundee UK B

International Sonoran Desert Alliance

ISDA 1994 Ajo AZ USA N

International SOS Foundation

ISOS Foundation 2011 Amsterdam Netherlands F f

International Space Environment Service

ISES 1962 Boulder CO USA F

International Sports Travel Agencies Association

ISTAA 2009 Lausanne Switzerland C

International Stainless Steel Forum

ISSF 1995 Brussels Belgium F y

International Sustainability and Carbon Certification

ISCC 2011 Cologne Germany G

International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

ISICEM 1980 Brussels Belgium G c

International Symposium on Wind Energy Systems

Bedford UK S c

International Telecommunication Union

ITU 1985 Geneva Switzerland B g

International Theatre Institute

ITI 1948 Paris France B j

International Trade Union Confederation

ITUC 2006 Brussels Belgium A ty

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

IUCN 1948 Gland Switzerland A y

International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

IUAES 1948 Osaka Japan B

International Union of Forest Research Organizations

IUFRO 1892 Vienna Austria B y

International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics

IUGG 1919 Potsdam Germany A y

International Union of Property Owners

1923 Brussels Belgium C

International Wind Synthesis Association

IWSA Boston MA USA N

International Windship Association

IWSA 2014 Maidstone UK D

International Women's Rights Project

IWRP 1998 G

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