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

Weltnotwerk der KAB

Cologne Germany G

West Africa Centre for Peace Foundation

WACPF 2008 Accra Ghana G f

West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use

WASCAL Accra Ghana D g

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West Asia Regional Network on Climate Change

WARN-CC 2010 J

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen B

WHO Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network

WHO/REMPAN Geneva Switzerland F

Wildlife Alliance

1994 New York NY USA F


1982 Brussels Belgium D

Winds of Hope Foundation

1999 Lausanne Switzerland G f


1992 Brooklyn NY USA G

WMO Applications of Meteorology Programme

AMP Geneva Switzerland K g

WMO Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme

AREP Geneva Switzerland K g

WMO Climate Data Information Referral Service

INFOCLIMA Geneva Switzerland K g

WMO Disaster Risk Reduction Programme

DRR 2003 Geneva Switzerland K g

WMO Hydrology and Water Resources Programme

HWRP Geneva Switzerland F g

WMO Integrated Global Observing System

WIGOS Geneva Switzerland E g

WMO Resource Mobilization Office

RMO Geneva Switzerland K g

WMO Space Programme

Geneva Switzerland K g

WMO Staff Association

Geneva Switzerland E v

WMO World Data Centre for Greenhouse Gases

WDCGG 1990 Tokyo Japan K

WMO World Ozone and Ultra-Violet Data Centre

WOUDC 1961 Toronto ON Canada K g

WMO World Radiation Data Centre, St Petersburg

WRDC 1964 St Petersburg K

WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones

PTC 1972 Islamabad Pakistan E g

Women's Climate Initiative


Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International

WECAN 2011 Mill Valley CA USA G

Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 G

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva Switzerland F f


2002 Vienna Austria F v

Working Group on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests

Montreal Process 1994 Tokyo Japan E

World Association for Christian Communication

WACC 1975 Toronto ON Canada B y

World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine

WADEM 1976 Madison WI USA F v

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

WAZA 1946 Barcelona Spain C y

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Bioenergy Association

WBA 2008 Stockholm Sweden C

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World City Ice and Snow Tourism Cooperation Organization


World Climate Foundation

WCF Copenhagen Denmark J

World Climate Research Programme

WCRP 1979 Geneva F

World Community Chaplains

1978 West Hills CA USA N

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Culture Forum

WCF Delhi India G

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai Paraguay D t

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands B ty

World Farmers' Organisation

WFO 2011 Rome Italy C

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers

1954 C

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E