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

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 Lutheran World Federation

LWF 1947 Geneva Switzerland B

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

Third World Network

TWN 1984 Penang Malaysia F

Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research

1996 Newport Coast CA USA G j

Together Women Rise

2003 Greenville SC USA G

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 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


1989 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Tunza Southeast Asia Youth Environment Network

SEAYEN Singapore Singapore F

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Norwich UK G

UN Climate Resilience Initiative

A2R 2015 E y

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY F y

UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

1961 Bangkok Thailand E g

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi India E g

UNESCO Office for the Pacific States

1984 Apia Samoa E g

Union européenne de cyclotourisme

UECT 2002 Ivry-sur-Seine France D


1959 Brussels Belgium D

Union Latinoamericana de Mujeres

Red ULAM 2008 D

Union of the Electricity Industry - Eurelectric

1999 Brussels D t

Unione Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo e La Pace

UVISP-Assisi 1987 Bastia Umbra Italy G

United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations

UFTAA 1966 Monte Carlo Monaco B

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy

United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund

CERF 2006 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development


United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

UNCCD 1994 Bonn Germany T g

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY E g

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY E g

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNECE 1947 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris B g

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP 1972 Nairobi E g

United Nations Foundation

UNF 1998 New York NY USA F f

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

UNFCCC 1992 Bonn T g

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Secretariat

UNFCCC 1995 Bonn Germany E g

United Nations Global Compact

2000 New York NY F y

United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names

UNGEGN 1959 New York NY E g

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

UNITAR 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gj

United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

MINURSO 1991 New York NY USA F g

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva Switzerland E g