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


1992 Rome Italy G

Interstate Council on Hydrometeorology of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States

ICH 1992 J g

Investment Climate Facility for Africa

ICF 2006 Dar es Salaam Tanzania UR F g

IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions

IOCARIBE 1982 Cartagena de Indias Colombia E g

Islamic Aid

London UK N

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

ICD 1999 Jeddah Saudi Arabia K g

Islamic Relief Worldwide

IRWW 1984 Birmingham UK F

Islands and Small States Institute, Malta

ISSI 1989 Msida Malta E j

Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research

BIDR 1974 Beersheba Israel G j

Japan International Volunteer Centre

JVC 1980 Tokyo Japan G

Jesuit Conference of European Provincials

JCEP Brussels Belgium F

JIN Climate and Sustainability

1994 Groningen Netherlands G

Johanniter International

JOIN Brussels Belgium E

John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel

1984 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F f

Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on the Transfer of Real Resources to Developing Countries

Development Committee 1974 Washington DC USA E g

Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

FACCE-JPI Paris France E g

Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology

JCOMM 1999 Ravenna Italy E g

JPI Climate

Brussels Belgium F g

KIMO International

1990 Lerwick UK D

Kofi Annan Foundation

Geneva Switzerland G f

Korea Polar Research Institute

KOPRI 1987 Incheon Korea Rep G

KR Foundation

2014 Copenhagen Denmark F f

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

1997 T g

Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization

LVFO 1994 Jinja Uganda E g

Latin America Bureau, London

LAB 1977 London UK G

Latin American and Caribbean Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

REDLAC 1999 Buenos Aires Argentina F

Latin American Consortium on Emergency Contraception

LACEC 2000 Santo Domingo Dominican Rep F y

Latin American Group for Public Administration

LAGPA/IIAS 2010 Rio de Janeiro Brazil E

Latin American Travel Association

LATA London UK N

Latin American Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

LAVECCS 2007 Maldonado Uruguay D

Laudato Si’ Movement

2015 Washington DC USA E y

LEDS Global Partnership

LEDS GP 2011 F y

Liberal International

LI 1947 London UK F y


1954 London UK G

Life Line International

LLI 1963 Glenorchy TAS Australia F

Lightning Strike and Electric Shock Survivors International

LI and ESSI 1989 Jacksonville NC USA N

Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards

LEGS 2009 Great Holland UK F

Living Knowledge - The International Science Shop Network

2000 Bonn Germany F

Lutheran World Federation

LWF 1947 Geneva Switzerland B

Lutheran World Relief

LWR 1945 Baltimore MD USA G

Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate

MEF 2009 Washington DC USA F g

Many Strong Voices

MSV London UK E


1997 Little Missenden UK G

Marins sans frontières

1984 Neuilly-sur-Seine France N v

Measuring Network of Wind Energy Institutes

MEASNET 1997 Madrid Spain F

Medical Emergency and Relief Cooperative International


Mediterranean Academy of Emergency Medicine

MAEM 2014 J

Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change

MedECC 2015 Marseille France F v


MEDSOS 1990 Athens Greece G

Mediterranean Travel Association

META 2005 D