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 Type III

Association of Language Travel Organizations

ALTO 1998 London UK D

Association of Professional Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Response Trainers International

ALERT International Kimberly ID USA N Professional Bodies

Association of Southern African Travel Agents

ASATA 1956 Benmore South Africa G n

Association of the Network for International Research on Desertification

DesertNet International Tunis Tunisia D

Association pisciculture et développement rural en Afrique tropicale humide

APDRA 1996 Massy France G

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

ACEM 1984 Melbourne Australia G

Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine

ASEM 1981 Noble Park Australia G

Australasian Wind Engineering Society

AWES 1985 Brisbane Australia G

Avoided Deforestation Partners

AD Partners 2007 Washington DC USA G

Baltic Earth

Geesthacht Germany E

Baptist World Aid

BWAid 1920 Falls Church VA USA F Humanitarian Organizations

Bellona Europa

1986 Oslo Norway G

BeNeLux Travel Retail Association

BTRA Hoofddorp Netherlands D

Black Sea Energy Research Centre

BSERC 2007 Sofia Bulgaria D

Blood Care Foundation

BCF 1991 Vaud Switzerland N f Foundations

Burners Without Borders

BWB San Francisco CA USA G


2005 London UK F

Cambodia Action

1975 Doncaster UK G


1999 Vancouver BC Canada G

Cap Anamur - German Emergency Doctor

1979 Cologne Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty

COTAP 2011 Oakland CA USA G

CARE International

1945 Brussels Belgium F f Humanitarian Organizations

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

CCCCC 2001 Belmopan Belize E g IGOs

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency

CDEMA 1991 St Michael Barbados F g IGOs

Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology

CIMH 1967 Bridgetown Barbados E gj Institutes, IGOs

Caribbean Meteorological Organization

CMO 1973 Port-of-Spain Trinidad-Tobago D g IGOs

Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees

COERR 1978 Bangkok Thailand G Humanitarian Organizations


2000 London UK G

Center for Clean Air Policy

CCAP 1985 Washington DC USA G

Center for Coordination of the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America

1987 Guatemala Guatemala E

Center for International Disaster Information

CIDI 1988 Arlington VA USA G

Center for International Health and Cooperation

CIHC 1992 New York NY USA G

Center for International Peace Operations

2002 Berlin Germany G

Center for the Study of Global Change

Bloomington IN USA G

Central American Engineering Institutions Network

REDICA 1998 San José Costa Rica F

Central and Eastern European Travel Retail Association

CEETRA Brussels Belgium D

Central European Countries Travel Association

CECTA Banbury UK N

Central European Initiative

CEI 1989 Trieste Italy F g Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Centre européen médical bioclimatique de recherche et d'enseignement universitaire

CEMBREU 1990 Villard-Saint-Pancrace France G

Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Studies

CCCES Abuja Nigeria G

Centre for Cooperation in the Mediterranean

CCM 2005 Barcelona Spain E

Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo

CICERO 1990 Oslo Norway G

Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters

CRED 1973 Brussels Belgium E

Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Latin America and the Caribbean /Affiliated to the United Nations/

CSSTE-LAC 2003 Santa Maria Brazil K g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

Centre international de recherche-développement sur l'élevage en zone subhumide

CIRDES 1972 Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso E

Centre of International Conflicts and Crises Studies

Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium G

CESVI Fondazione

1985 Bergamo Italy G f Foundations

CGIAR System Organization

CGIAR 1971 Montpellier France E gy International Federations, IGOs

Change Partnership

2013 Brussels Belgium J

Child Rights Connect

1983 Geneva Switzerland E y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations