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

Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association

AITAA 1969 Pathum Thani Thailand E j Institutes, Alumni and Veterans

Asian Network on Climate Science and Technology

ANCST 2013 Bangi Malaysia F

Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association

APVIA 2009 Singapore Singapore D

Asian Society for Emergency Medicine

ASEM 1998 Singapore Singapore D

Asian University Network of Environment and Disaster Risk Management


Asociación Latinoamericana de Agrometeorologia

1997 J

Aspen Global Change Institute

AGCI 1989 Basalt CO USA G j Institutes

Associação SOS Amazonia

1988 Rio Branco Brazil G 1600005143

Association Dealing with International Travel Facilities for Railway Staff

Vienna Austria F

Association for Childhood Education International

ACEI 1892 Washington DC USA G Professional Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

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 Asian Social Science Research Councils

AASSREC 1973 Canberra Australia D

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 Central Alps

1972 Innsbruck Austria E

Association of the Network for International Research on Desertification

DesertNet International Tunis Tunisia D

Association of Working Communities of the Alpine Regions

1989 Innsbruck Austria E

Association of World Citizens

AWC 1975 Novato CA USA F

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 Foundations, Human Rights Organizations

Big Life Foundation

Big Life 2010 Ridgefield WA USA F f 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

Business Alliance for Water and Climate



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