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

One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership

UN CC:Learn 2009 Geneva Switzerland F y

OneWorld South Asia

OWSA 1999 Delhi India K

Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection against and Organization of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters

EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement 1987 Strasbourg France F g

OpenWIS Association

2015 Brussels Belgium C

Operation USA

1979 Los Angeles CA USA G

ORA International

1981 Korbach Germany G

Organización Latino-Americana y del Caribe de Turismo

OLACT 2010 Mexico City Mexico D

Organización Mundial de Periodismo Turistico


Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development

OPAD Stockholm Sweden G

Orphans Care Federation

OCF 2017 London UK J

Overseas Development Institute

ODI 1960 London UK G j

Oxfam GB

1942 Oxford UK G

Pacific Area Travel Writers Association

PATWA Delhi India G

Pacific Asia Travel Association

PATA 1951 Bangkok Thailand D

Pacific Community

SPC 1947 Nouméa New Caledonia D g

Pacific Disaster Center

PDC 1995 Kihei HI USA G

Pacific Gender Climate Coalition

2011 Avarua Cook Is J

Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network

PIFON 2009 Nadi Fiji F

Pacific Islands Climate Action Network


Pacific Organic & Ethical Trade Community

POETCom Nouméa New Caledonia D t

Pacific Science Association

PSA 1920 Honolulu HI USA C

PAHO/WHO Health Emergencies Department

PHE 1977 Washington DC USA E g

Pan African Centre for Climate Policy

PACC Policy Accra Ghana G

Pan African Organisation for Research and Protection of Violence on Women and Children

PAORP-VWC 2008 Tamale Ghana G

Pan American Surfing Association

PASA 1992 Lima Peru D

Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance

PACJA 2008 Nairobi Kenya D

Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility Through the Youth Card

1991 Strasbourg France F g

Partnership for Quality Medical Donations

PQMD 1996 Annapolis MD USA G y

Peace and Crises Management Foundation

1992 Paris France G f

Peace House

Oklahoma City OK USA G

Peace Winds Japan

PWJ 1996 Tokyo Japan G

People Against Landmines

1996 Düsseldorf Germany G

People in Peril

1999 Bratislava Slovakia G

People to People International - Europe

PTPI Europe 1970 Brussels Belgium E

Peoples' Movement on Climate Change

PMCC Manila Philippines F

Peri-Urban Regions Platform Europe

PURPLE 2004 Brussels Belgium F

Permanent Conference of Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators

1996 Rome Italy E y

Pew Center on Global Climate Change

1998 Arlington VA USA G

Phyto-sanitary Convention for Africa South of the Sahara

1954 T g

Plan International

1937 Woking UK F

Planète urgence

Versailles France G

Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation

2010 Uffing am Staffelsee Germany F f

PMU Interlife

1965 Stockholm Sweden G

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

PIK 1992 Potsdam Germany G j

Preferred by Nature

1994 Copenhagen Denmark F

Première Urgence Internationale

1979 Asnières-sur-Seine France G

Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

PWRDF 1959 Toronto ON Canada G f

Pro-Natura International

1986 Paris France F


Nyon Switzerland F

Professional Travel Bloggers Association