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

Sociedad Latinoamericana de Medicina del Viajero

SLAMVI Buenos Aires Argentina D

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 F v

Society for Social Studies of Science

4S 1975 Evansville IN USA D

Society of American Travel Writers

SATW 1956 Oak Brook IL 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 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 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

South Asian Youth Climate Coalition

SAYCC Sundargarh India D

South Centre

1990 Geneva Switzerland E g

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 Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture

SEARCA 1966 Los Baños Philippines E gy

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


Southern African-Nordic Centre

SANORD 2007 Cape Town South Africa E

Southern Connection

SC 1992 Christchurch New Zealand F v


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


2016 Vienna Austria F

Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen

SOMO 1973 Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Stiftung Mercator

1996 Essen G f

Stockholm International Water Institute

SIWI 1997 Stockholm Sweden G j

SÜDWIND - Verein für Entwicklungspolitische Bildungs- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

1979 Vienna Austria G

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