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

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 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

World Food Travel Association

WFTA 2003 Portland OR USA G

World for World Organization

WFWO 2001 Rome G

World Future Council Foundation

WFC 2007 Hamburg Germany F f

World Geospatial Industry Council

WGIC 2018 The Hague C t

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Horse Welfare

1927 Snetterton UK G

World Institute for Disaster Risk Management

DRM Alexandria VA USA G j

World Mayors Council on Climate Change

WMCCC 2005 Bonn Germany E

World Merit

Liverpool UK J

World Meteorological Organization

WMO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Neighbors

WN 1951 Oklahoma City OK USA G v

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B

World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments

UCLG 2004 Barcelona Spain B

World Packaging Organisation

WPO 1968 Vienna Austria C y

World Resources Forum Association

WRFA 2012 St Gallen Switzerland E y

World Steel Association

worldsteel 1967 Brussels Belgium C

World Tourism Forum Lucerne

Lucerne Switzerland G

World Travel Agents Associations Alliance

WTAAA 2008 Benmore South Africa C

World Travel and Tourism Council

WTTC 1990 London UK F v

World Urban Parks

2015 Edmonton AB Canada C

World Weather Watch

WWW 1968 Geneva Switzerland F g

World Wide Fund for Nature

WWF 1961 Gland Switzerland F f

World Wind Energy Association

WWEA 2001 Bonn Germany C y

World Wind Energy Institute

WWEI 2006 Hurup Thy Denmark E j

World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation

WYSE Travel Confederation 2006 Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World’s Youth for Climate Justice

WYCJ The Hague Netherlands F


1975 Bayan Lepas Malaysia E

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

1991 Wuppertal G j

Young European Leadership

YEL Brussels Belgium F

Youth Climate


Youth For Public Transport

Y4PT 2009 F

Zentrum für Internationale Friedenseinsätze

ZIF 2002 Berlin Germany G

Zero Emissions Platform

ZEP 2005 Brussels F