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

Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine

ASEM 1981 Noble Park VIC Australia G

Australasian Wind Engineering Society

AWES 1985 Brisbane QLD Australia G

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin ACT Australia G y

Avoided Deforestation Partners

AD Partners 2007 Washington DC USA G

Baltic Earth

Geesthacht Germany E

Bellona Europa

1986 Oslo Norway G

BeNeLux Travel Retail Association

BTRA Hoofddorp Netherlands D

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f

Big Life Foundation

Big Life 2010 Ridgefield WA USA F f

Black Sea Energy Research Centre

BSERC 2007 Sofia Bulgaria D

Blood Care Foundation

BCF 1991 Le Vaud VD Switzerland N f

Blue Marine Foundation

BLUE 2010 London UK G f

Blue Shield International

BSI 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne UK F

Bonsucro

2008 London UK C

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

BIICL 1958 London UK G jv

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels Belgium C

Burners Without Borders

BWB San Francisco CA USA G

Business Alliance for Water and Climate

BAFWAC J

C40

2005 London UK F

Cambodia Action

1975 Doncaster UK G

Canopy

1999 Vancouver BC Canada G

Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty

COTAP 2011 Oakland CA USA G

CARE International

1945 Brussels Belgium F f

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

CCCCC 2001 Belmopan Belize E g

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency

CDEMA 1991 St Michael St Michael Barbados F g

Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation

CFPA 1971 St John's Antigua-Barbuda F

Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology

CIMH 1967 Bridgetown St Michael Barbados E gj

Caribbean Meteorological Organization

CMO 1973 Port-of-Spain Trinidad-Tobago D g

Caritas Asia

1973 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand F y

Carmelite NGO

New Orleans LA USA E

Catholic Central Agency for Development Aid

1962 Aachen Germany G

Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa

CYNESA 2012 Nairobi Kenya F

CDP

2000 London UK F

CEDAR Fund

1991 Hong Kong Central and Western Hong Kong G

Cell Stress Society International

CSSI 1999 Storrs CT USA D

Center for Clean Air Policy

CCAP 1985 Washington DC USA G

Center for Human Rights and Environment

1999 Palm Beach Gardens FL USA G

Center for International Disaster Information

CIDI 1988 Arlington VA USA G

Center for International Health and Cooperation

CIHC 1992 New York NY USA G

Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research and Education

COARE 2006 Oakland CA USA G

Center for the Study of Global Change

Bloomington IN USA G

Central American Engineering Institutions Network

REDICA 1998 San José San José San José Costa Rica F

Central and Eastern European Travel Retail Association

CEETRA Brussels Belgium D

Central European Countries Travel Association

CECTA Banbury UK N

Central European Initiative

CEI 1989 Trieste TS Italy F g

Centre d'étude régional pour l'amélioration de l'adaptation à la sécheresse

CERAAS 1989 Thiès Senegal K

Centre d'études des crises et des conflits internationaux

CECRI Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium G

Centre européen médical bioclimatique de recherche et d'enseignement universitaire

CEMBREU 1990 Villar-Saint-Pancrace France G

Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Studies

CCCES Abuja Federal Capital Territory Nigeria G

Centre for Cooperation in the Mediterranean

CCM 2005 Barcelona Barcelona Spain E

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