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

Sahara Conservation Fund

SCF Marana AZ USA F f

SAHARA for Life Trust

Lahore Pakistan G

Sahara Resource Network

2001 Port Elizabeth South Africa G

Saharan Studies Association

SSA 1992 Stanford CA USA G

Science Based Targets Network

2014 J y

Science Europe

2011 Brussels Belgium D

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Sea Alarm Foundation

1999 Brussels Belgium F f

Sea Change Foundation International

2011 N f

Seas at Risk

SAR 1986 Brussels Belgium F y

Secours catholique - Caritas France

1946 Paris France G

Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Ozone Secretariat 1989 Nairobi Kenya E g

Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Secretariat of the UNCCD 1999 Bonn Germany E g

SEE Change Net Foundation

2012 Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina G f


2006 Kobe Japan D

Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development

AU SAFGRAD 1977 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso E g

SERVAS International

1949 Zurich Switzerland F

Service civil international

SCI 1920 Antwerp Belgium B

Service d'entraide et de liaison

SEL 1980 Bagneux France G

Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking

Shift2Rail JU 2014 Brussels Belgium E

Simply Help

2000 Los Angeles CA USA G

Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Europe

SME Europe 2012 Brussels Belgium E

Small Island Developing States - Island Energy for Island Life


Smart Ticketing Alliance

STA 2015 Brussels Belgium D


1980 Brussels Belgium D y

Sociedad Latinoamericana de Medicina del Viajero

SLAMVI Buenos Aires Argentina D

Societas Physiologiae Plantarum Scandinavica

SPPS 1947 Umeå Sweden D v

Société francophone de médecine d'urgence

SFMU 1984 Paris France G

Société Francophone de Néphrologie Dialyse et Transplantation

SFNDT 2003 Wimereux France D

Society for Incentive Travel Excellence

SITE 1973 Chicago IL USA F v

Society for Social Studies of Science

4S 1975 Evansville IN USA 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 Cookers International

SCI 1987 Sacramento CA USA F

Solar Heat Europe

SHE 1992 Brussels Belgium D t

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 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