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

Life Line International

LLI 1963 Glenorchy TAS Australia F

Lightning Strike and Electric Shock Survivors International

LI and ESSI 1989 Jacksonville NC USA N

Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards

LEGS 2009 Great Holland UK F

Living Knowledge - The International Science Shop Network

2000 Bonn Germany F

Lutheran World Relief

LWR 1945 Baltimore MD USA G

Maat for Peace, Development, and Human Rights

2005 Cairo Egypt G

Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate

MEF 2009 Washington DC USA F g

Many Strong Voices

MSV London UK E


1997 Little Missenden UK G

Marins sans frontières

1984 Neuilly-sur-Seine France N v

Measuring Network of Wind Energy Institutes

MEASNET 1997 Madrid Spain F

Medical Emergency and Relief Cooperative International


Mediterranean Academy of Emergency Medicine

MAEM 2014 J

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier

CIHEAM Montpellier 1962 Montpellier France E j

Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change

MedECC 2015 Marseille France F v

Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development

MIO-ECSDE 1990 Athens Greece F y


MEDSOS 1990 Athens Greece G

Mediterranean Travel Association

META 2005 D

Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate

MAWAC Paris France C


2005 Washington DC USA F g

Mental Health Initiative for Africans in Crisis

Cutler Bay FL USA J

MENTOR Initiative

2002 Haywards Heath UK J

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

MCC 2011 Potsdam Germany G j

Michael Succow Foundation for the Protection of Nature

Succow Foundation 1999 Greifswald Germany G f

Microinsurance Network

2002 Luxembourg Luxembourg F y

Middle East and North Africa Travel Association


Middle East Burn and Fire Disaster Society

MEBFDS 1987 Ankara Turkey D

Middle European Iris Society

MEIS 1996 Hlucin Czech Rep D

Mighty Earth

Washington DC USA G

Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

MUFPP 2015 Milan Italy E

Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

1987 Nairobi Kenya T g

More and Better

Rome Italy F y

Mountain Research Initiative

MRI 2001 Bern Switzerland F

Movendi International

1851 Stockholm Sweden C

Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol

1990 Montréal QC Canada F fg


2007 Brussels Belgium D

NDC Partnership

2016 Washington DC USA E g

Neogene Climate Evolution in Eurasia

NECLIME 1999 Frankfurt-Main Germany F v

Network for Social Studies on Disaster Prevention in Latin America

1992 F y

Network of European Meteorological Services

EUMETNET 2009 Brussels Belgium F

NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

Paris E y

NGVA Europe

1994 Brussels D

Nomura Center for Lifelong Integrated Education

NCLIE 1962 Tokyo Japan N

Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation

NAM CSSTC 1995 Jakarta Indonesia E g

Nordic Biochar Network

2018 Trondheim Norway F

Nordic Cacti Society

1965 Køge Denmark D v

Nordic Council

NC 1952 Copenhagen Denmark D g

Nordic Council of Ministers

NCM 1971 Copenhagen Denmark D g

Nordic Development Fund

NDF 1989 Helsinki Finland F fg

Nordic Edge

2015 G c