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

International Union of Property Owners

1923 Brussels Belgium C

International Venture Philanthropy Center

IVPC 2015 Weybridge UK C

International Water Management Institute

IWMI 1984 Colombo Sri Lanka E j

International Wind Synthesis Association


International Windship Association

IWSA 2014 Maidstone UK D

International Women's Rights Project

IWRP 1998 G

International Wool Textile Organization

IWTO 1929 Brussels Belgium C

International Working Group on Satellite-Based Emergency Mapping

IWG-SEM 2012 F y

International World Games Association

IWGA 1980 Lausanne Switzerland E y

International Young Nature Friends

IYNF 1975 Prague Czech Rep C

International Zeolite Association

IZA 1967 Erlangen Germany C v


INTLawyers 2010 Geneva F

Internationale Rheinregulierung

IRR 1892 Rorschach Switzerland G g

Internationals amis de la nature

IAN 1895 Vienna Austria D


1992 Rome Italy G

Interstate Council on Hydrometeorology of the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States

ICH 1992 J g

Investment Climate Facility for Africa

ICF 2006 Dar es Salaam Tanzania UR F g

IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions

IOCARIBE 1982 Cartagena de Indias Colombia E g

ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute

ISEAS 1968 Singapore G j

Islamic Aid

London UK N

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

ICD 1999 Jeddah Saudi Arabia K g

Islamic Relief Worldwide

IRWW 1984 Birmingham UK F

Islands and Small States Institute, Malta

ISSI 1989 Msida E j

Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research

BIDR 1974 Beersheba Israel G j

Japan International Volunteer Centre

JVC 1980 Tokyo Japan G

Jesuit Conference of European Provincials

JCEP Brussels Belgium F

JIN Climate and Sustainability

1994 Groningen Netherlands G

Johanniter International

JOIN Brussels Belgium E

John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel

1984 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F f

Join For Water

1977 Ghent Belgium G

Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on the Transfer of Real Resources to Developing Countries

Development Committee 1974 Washington DC USA E g

Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

FACCE-JPI Paris France E g

Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology

JCOMM 1999 Ravenna Italy E g

JPI Climate

Brussels Belgium F g

KIMO International

1990 Lerwick UK D

Kofi Annan Foundation

Geneva Switzerland G f

Korea Polar Research Institute

KOPRI 1987 Incheon Korea Rep G

KR Foundation

2014 Copenhagen Denmark F f

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

1997 T g

Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization

LVFO 1994 Jinja Uganda E g

Latin America Bureau, London

LAB 1977 London UK G

Latin American and Caribbean Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

REDLAC 1999 Buenos Aires Argentina F

Latin American Consortium on Emergency Contraception

LACEC 2000 Santo Domingo Dominican Rep F y

Latin American Group for Public Administration

LAGPA/IIAS 2010 Rio de Janeiro Brazil E

Latin American Travel Association

LATA London UK N

Latin American Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

LAVECCS 2007 Maldonado Uruguay D

Laudato Si’ Movement

2015 Washington DC USA E y

LEDS Global Partnership

LEDS GP 2011 F y

Liberal International

LI 1947 London UK F y


1954 London UK G