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

Society for Social Studies of Science

4S 1975 D

Society of American Travel Writers

SATW 1956 Oak Creek WI USA G v

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe

SETAC Europe 1989 Brussels Belgium E

Solar Influences Data Analysis Centre

SIDC 1981 E

Solar Wind Conference

S c


2006 London UK G


1969 Utrecht Netherlands F

Solidarity With Women in Distress

SOLWODI 1985 Boppard Hirzenach Germany G

SOS boîtes de lait

1963 Montreuil-sous-Bois France G

SOS Catastrophes - European Disaster Victims Network

SOS Catastrophes 2013 Brussels Belgium F

SOS Drugs International

1984 La-Plaine-Saint-Denis France G

SOS Kids International - SOS Kindermoord

1991 Ghent Belgium N

SOS Layettes

1967 Herstal Belgium G

SOS racisme international

1984 Paris France G


1976 Asnières-sur-Seine France F

SOS-enfants sans frontières

1974 Paris France G

SOS-Kinderdorf International

1949 Innsbruck Austria B

South Asia Democratic Forum

SADF 2011 Brussels Belgium F

South Asian Initiative on Disaster Migration

Duryog Nivaran 1995 Colombo Sri Lanka F

South Asian Youth Climate Coalition

SAYCC Sundargarh Odisha India D

South-East European Consortium for Operational weather Prediction

SEECOP 2015 D g

Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Institute

SEADPRI 2008 Bangi Selangor Malaysia G j

Southeast Asia Regional Committee

SARCS 1993 Chung Li Taiwan E

Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources

UC Los Baños LAG Philippines E

Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management


Southern African-Nordic Centre

SANORD 2007 Cape Town South Africa E

Southern Connection

SC 1992 Christchurch New Zealand F v


SSN 1999 Cape Town South Africa F

Space Weather European Network

SWENET 2005 Paris France F g

Special Emergency Assistance Fund for Drought and Famine in Africa

SEAF 1984 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F fg

Stamp Out Poverty

2002 London UK G y

Standing Committee to the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

1982 Strasbourg France E gy

Standing International Road Weather Commission

SIRWEC 1985 Dorval QC Canada E v

Stiftung Mercator

1996 Essen Germany G f

Stockholm International Water Institute

SIWI 1997 Stockholm Sweden G j

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y

Sustainable Travel International

STI 2002 White Salmon WA USA G

Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations

1998 Geneva GE Switzerland T g

Tax Free World Association

TFWA 1984 Paris France G

Tearfund, UK

1968 Teddington UK G f

Terre des Hommes International Federation

TDHIF 1966 Geneva GE Switzerland F

The Elders Foundation

2007 London UK F fv

The European Travel Agents' and Tour Operators' Associations

ECTAA 1961 Brussels Belgium E

The Intrepid Foundation

2002 Melbourne VIC Australia J f

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research

1996 Newport Coast CA USA G j

Trans Africa Pipeline

TAP 2005 Toronto ON Canada G

Trans-African HydroMeteorological Observatory

TAHMO 2015 F

Travel and Tourism Research Association

TTRA 1970 Whitehall MI USA G

Travel Technology Association

Travel Tech 1999 Arlington VA USA N