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

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

COPEAM 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

Plastic Soup Foundation

PSF Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Platform for Transformative Technologies

P4TT Tervuren Belgium G

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

ProAct

Nyon Switzerland F

Professional Travel Bloggers Association

PTBA G

Project Survival Pacific

PSP Carlton VIC Australia G

PROMITHEASNET

F

Prospective internationale

PI 1992 Court-Saint-Etienne Belgium G

Protect Our Winters Europe

POW 2020 Innsbruck Austria F

ProTerra Foundation

2012 Bilthoven F f

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Marine Pollution in Cases of Emergency in the Eastern African Region

1985 Victoria Seychelles T g

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Pollution Emergencies in the South Pacific Region

1986 Apia Samoa T g

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Pollution in Cases of Emergency

1981 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire T g

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

1976 Athens Greece T g

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Preventing Pollution from Ships and, in Cases of Emergency, Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea

2002 Athens Greece T g

Protocol Concerning Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Case of Emergency

1982 Jeddah Saudi Arabia T g

Protocol Concerning Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

1978 Safat Kuwait T g

Protocol Concerning the Abolition of Passports for Travel

1952 T g

Protocol on Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Black Sea Marine Environment by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Emergency Situations

1992 Istanbul Turkey T g

Protocol to the General Treaty of Central American Economic Integration - Emergency Measures to Protect the Balance of Payments, 1968

1968 T g

Protocol to the General Treaty of Central American Economic Integration - Emergency Measures to Protect the Balance of Payments, 1973

1973 T g

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

2006 Washington DC USA G

Quaker United Nations Office

QUNO 1926 Geneva Switzerland E

Radiant Earth Foundation

Washington DC USA G f

Rainforest Action Network

RAN 1985 San Francisco CA USA F

Rainforest Alliance

1987 New York NY G

Reach Out WorldWide

ROWW Burbank CA USA N

RECHARGE

1998 Brussels Belgium F

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