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

South-East European Consortium for Operational weather Prediction

SEECOP 2015 D g

Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Institute

SEADPRI 2008 Bangi Malaysia G j

Southeast Asia Regional Committee

SARCS 1993 Chung Li Taiwan E

Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources

UC Los Baños Philippines E

Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management

SASSCAL D g

Southern African-Nordic Centre

SANORD 2007 Cape Town South Africa E

Southern Connection

SC 1992 Christchurch New Zealand F v

SouthSouthNorth

SSN 1999 Cape Town South Africa F

Space Weather European Network

SWENET 2005 Paris France F g

Special Emergency Assistance Fund for Drought and Famine in Africa

SEAF 1984 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F fg

SPMUDA International Organization for Peace and Development

SPMUDA International Dumaguete City Philippines G

Stamp Out Poverty

2002 London UK G y

Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region

SCPAR 1994 Copenhagen Denmark E gy

Standing Committee to the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

1982 Strasbourg France E gy

Standing International Road Weather Commission

SIRWEC 1985 Dorval QC Canada E v

STAY GROUNDED

2016 Vienna Austria F

Stiftung Mercator

1996 Essen Germany G f

Stockholm International Water Institute

SIWI 1997 Stockholm Sweden G j

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y

Sustainable Agriculture Network

SAN 2010 F y

Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

1992 London UK F

Sustainable Mekong Research Network

SUMERNET 2005 Bangkok Thailand F

Sustainable Travel International

STI 2002 White Salmon WA USA G

Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

SFSA 2001 Basel Switzerland G f

Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations

1998 Geneva Switzerland T g

Tax Free World Association

TFWA 1984 Paris France G

Tearfund, UK

1968 Teddington UK G f

Termite Society

2017 Barisal Bangladesh N

TerraGraphics International Foundation

TIFO 2012 Moscow ID USA G f

Terre des Hommes International Federation

TDHIF 1966 Geneva Switzerland F

The Elders Foundation

2007 London UK F fv

The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association

TEPPFA 1992 Brussels Belgium D

The European Travel Agents' and Tour Operators' Associations

ECTAA 1961 Brussels Belgium E

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

GBI 2009 Eastbourne UK F

The Intrepid Foundation

2002 Melbourne VIC Australia J f

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research

1996 Newport Coast CA USA G j

Tomorrow People Organization

2002 Belgrade Serbia G

Trans Africa Pipeline

TAP 2005 Toronto ON Canada G

Trans-African HydroMeteorological Observatory

TAHMO 2015 F

Transnational Giving Europe

TGE 1998 Brussels Belgium F y

Travel and Tourism Research Association

TTRA 1970 Whitehall MI USA G

Travel Technology Association

Travel Tech 1999 Arlington VA USA N

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and under Water

1963 T g

Tree Aid

1987 Bristol UK G

TROPICA VERDE

1989 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Norwich UK G

UN Climate Resilience Initiative

A2R 2015 E y

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y

UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

1961 Bangkok Thailand E g

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