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

Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions

NIIS 2017 Tallinn Estonia G bg

Nordic Meteorological Meeting

S c

Nordic Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement in Connection with Radiation Accidents

1973 T g

Nordic Network on Climate Change Governance

NordClimGov Copenhagen Denmark F

Nordic Travel Retail Group

NTRG Hellerup Denmark D


1983 S g

North Atlantic Ocean Weather Stations Agreement

1949 T g

Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being

NDPHS 2003 Stockholm Sweden F gy

Northern European Conference on Travel Medicine

NECTM 2006 S c

Norwegian Refugee Council

NRC 1946 Oslo Norway G

Nubian Vault Association

2000 Ganges France F

Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee

NuPECC 1988 Garching Germany F v

Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel

OSS 1992 Tunis Tunisia F gy

Observatoire méditerranéen de l'énergie

OME 1988 Paris France D

Observatorio Sismológico del Sur Occidente

OSSO 1987 Cali Colombia G y

Ocean Observations Panel for Climate

OOPC Paris France E

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

OHCHR 1945 Geneva Switzerland E g

OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation

COMSTECH 1981 Islamabad Pakistan E g

Oikosnet Europe - Ecumenical Association of Academies and Laity Centres in Europe

EAALCE 1956 Sigtuna Sweden D

Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

OGCI 2014 J

Ondernemers Zonder Grenzen

OZG Boechout Belgium G f

One Planet Business for Biodiversity

OP2B 2019 E

One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership

UN CC:Learn 2009 Geneva Switzerland F y

One World Trust

OWT 1951 London UK G f

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

2011 Buenos Aires Argentina D

Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development

OPAD Stockholm Sweden G

Orphans Care Federation

OCF 2017 London UK J


2012 Bagnolet France F

Overseas Development Institute

ODI 1960 London UK G j

Oxfam GB

1942 Oxford G

Pacific Area Travel Writers Association

PATWA Delhi India G

Pacific Asia Travel Association

PATA 1951 Bangkok 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 Islands Development Forum

PIDF 2012 Suva Fiji F g

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