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

Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

APF 1996 Sydney NSW Australia F

Asia Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association

APRACA 1977 Bangkok Thailand D

Asia Pacific Travel Health Society

APTHS 1996 Tel Aviv Israel D

Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association

APTRA 2005 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Trails Network

ATN 2014 E

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

APN Kobe Japan F g

Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education

APNIEVE 1995 Quezon City Philippines F g

Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate

APPCDC 2005 F g

Asian Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus

AACVB 1983 Bangkok Thailand D

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

ADPC 1986 Bangkok Thailand E

Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network

ADRRN 2004 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F

Asian Disaster Reduction Centre

ADRC 1998 Kobe Japan E y

Asian Energy Institute

AEI 1989 Delhi India E jy

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT 1967 Pathum Thani Thailand F j

Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association

AITAA 1969 Pathum Thani Thailand E j

Asian Network on Climate Science and Technology

ANCST 2013 Bangi Malaysia F

Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association

APVIA 2009 Singapore Singapore D t

Asian Society for Emergency Medicine

ASEM 1998 Aberdeen Hong Kong D

Asian University Network of Environment and Disaster Risk Management


Asociación Española para el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos

AEDIDH 2004 Luarca Spain G

Asociación Latinoamericana de Agrometeorologia

1997 J

Asociación Latinoamericana de Cooperación en Emergencia Médica y Desastres

ALACED 2002 Bogota Colombia D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Energia Eólica

2007 Guadalajara Mexico D

Asociación Latinoamericana para la Producción Animal

ALPA 1966 Calgary AB Canada D

Asociación Panamericana de Tecnólogos Médicos

APTM 1992 D


1990 New York NY USA G

Aspen Global Change Institute

AGCI 1989 Basalt CO USA G j

Assembly of European Wine Regions

AREV 1988 Brussels Belgium F

Associação SOS Amazonia

1988 Rio Branco Brazil G

Association Dealing with International Travel Facilities for Railway Staff


Association des états généraux des étudiants de l'Europe

AEGEE-Europe 1985 Brussels Belgium F

Association for Emergency Aid and Solidarity Development Cooperation

1992 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Association for Safe International Road Travel

ASIRT 1995 Potomac MD USA G

Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East

ASTENE 1997 Duns UK N

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva Switzerland G

Association Francophone pour l'Etude et la Recherche sur les Urgences Psychiatriques

AFERUP 1986 Nancy France D

Association internationale de climatologie

AIC 1988 Besançon France D v

Association internationale forêts méditerranéennes

AIFM 1996 Marseille France D

Association of Arid Lands Studies

AALS 1977 Lubbock TX USA G

Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils

AASSREC 1973 Canberra ACT Australia D

Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific

ADFIAP 1976 Manila Philippines C y

Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry

HMEI 2001 Geneva Switzerland D t

Association of International Travel Agents Network


Association of Language Travel Organizations

ALTO 1998 London UK D

Association of Plastics Manufacturers

PlasticsEurope 1976 Brussels Belgium D

Association of Professional Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Response Trainers International

ALERT International Kimberly ID USA N t

Association of Southern African Travel Agents

ASATA 1956 Benmore South Africa G n

Association of the Network for International Research on Desertification

DesertNet International 2007 Sassari Italy D

Association of Working Communities of the Alpine Regions

1989 Innsbruck Austria E