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

Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change

MedECC 2015 Marseille France F v

MEDITERRANEAN SOS Network

MEDSOS 1990 Athens Greece G

Mediterranean Travel Association

META 2005 D

Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate

MAWAC Paris France C

MegaFlorestais

2005 Washington DC USA F g

Mental Health Initiative for Africans in Crisis

Cutler Bay FL USA J

MENTOR Initiative

2002 Haywards Heath UK J

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

MCC 2011 Potsdam Germany G j

Michael Succow Foundation for the Protection of Nature

Succow Foundation 1999 Greifswald Germany G f

Microinsurance Network

2002 Luxembourg Luxembourg F y

Middle East and North Africa Travel Association

MENATA Hove UK N

Middle East Burn and Fire Disaster Society

MEBFDS 1987 Ankara Turkey D

Middle European Iris Society

MEIS 1996 Hlucin Czech Rep D

Mighty Earth

Washington DC USA G

Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

1987 Nairobi Kenya T g

More and Better

Rome Italy F y

Movendi International

1851 Stockholm Sweden C

Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol

1990 Montréal QC Canada F fg

NATRUE

2007 Brussels Belgium D

NDC Partnership

2016 Washington DC USA E g

Neogene Climate Evolution in Eurasia

NECLIME 1999 Frankfurt-Main Germany F v

Network for Social Studies on Disaster Prevention in Latin America

1992 F y

Network of European Meteorological Services

GIE EUMETNET 2009 Brussels Belgium F

NGVA Europe

1994 Brussels Belgium D

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 Development Fund

NDF 1989 Helsinki Finland F fg

Nordic Edge

2015 G c

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

Nordred

1983 S g

North Atlantic Ocean Weather Stations Agreement

1949 T g

Northern European Conference on Travel Medicine

NECTM S c

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 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 Switzerland E g

OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation

COMSTECH 1981 Islamabad Pakistan E g

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

EAALCE 1956 Sigtuna Sweden D

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 Switzerland F y

OneWorld South Asia

OWSA 1999 Delhi India K

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