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

Red Cross and Red Crescent Youth

1922 Geneva Switzerland K

Red Cross EU Office

1983 Brussels E

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

Climate Centre 2002 The Hague Netherlands G

Red Iberoamericana de Oficinas de Cambio Climático

RIOCC 2004 D g

RedR International

1980 Tiverton UK F

ReGeneration 2030

Mariehamn F

Regional Assistance Treaty on Food Emergencies


Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

RCMRD 1975 Nairobi Kenya E g

Regional Centre for Training and Water Studies of Arid and Semiarid Zones, Cairo

RCTWS 2002 Cairo Egypt G g

Regional Disaster Information Center for Latin America and the Caribbean

1990 E

Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action

REGATTA Panama Panama F

Regional Humid Tropics Hydrology and Water Resources Centre for South East Asia and the Pacific

HTC 1997 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E g

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre - Wider Caribbean

REMPEITC-Carib 1994 Willemstad Curaçao E g

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea

REMPEC 1976 Floriana Malta E g

Regional Water Centre for Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Latin America and the Caribbean

2003 La Serena Chile G g

Regions of Climate Action

R20 2010 Geneva Switzerland C g

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 Brussels Belgium F

Relief International

1990 Los Angeles CA USA G

Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies


Réseau de prévention des crises alimentaires

RPCA 1985 Paris France F y

Réseau Sahel Désertification

ReSaD 2010 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F

Responding to Climate Change

RTCC 2002 London UK J

RICS Europe

1993 Brussels Belgium E

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Right to Energy - SOS Future

2000 Montreuil France G

RIPESS Europe - Economy Solidarity Europe

RIPESS Europe 2011 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg E y

Risk Prediction Initiative

RPI 1993 St George Bermuda N

Road Scholar - Elderhostel

1975 Boston MA USA G

Rural Investment Support for Europe Foundation

RISE Foundation 2006 Brussels Belgium F f

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

Save the Orangutan

Copenhagen Denmark D

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