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 for Emergency Aid and Solidarity Development Cooperation

1992 Frankfurt-Main Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

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 Humanitarian Organizations

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 of Arid Lands Studies

AALS 1977 Lubbock TX USA G

Association of Corporate Travel Executives

ACTE 1988 Alexandria VA USA G

Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry

HMEI 2001 Geneva Switzerland D

Association of International Travel Agents Network


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

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin Australia G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

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

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

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 Central Agency for Development Aid

1962 Aachen Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees

COERR 1978 Bangkok Thailand G Humanitarian Organizations


2000 London UK G


1991 Hong Kong Hong Kong G Humanitarian Organizations, Funds

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 Human Rights and Environment

1999 Palm Beach Gardens FL USA G Human Rights Organizations

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