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 Type III

Center for Coordination of the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America

1987 Guatemala Guatemala E

Center for Human Rights and Environment

1999 Palm Beach Gardens FL USA G Human Rights Organizations

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 International Peace Operations

2002 Berlin Germany G

Center for the Study of Global Change

Bloomington IN USA G

Central American Engineering Institutions Network

REDICA 1998 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 Italy F g Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Centre européen médical bioclimatique de recherche et d'enseignement universitaire

CEMBREU 1990 Villard-Saint-Pancrace France G

Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Studies

CCCES Abuja Nigeria G

Centre for Cooperation in the Mediterranean

CCM 2005 Barcelona Spain E

Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo

CICERO 1990 Oslo Norway G

Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters

CRED 1973 Brussels Belgium E

Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Latin America and the Caribbean /Affiliated to the United Nations/

CSSTE-LAC 2003 Santa Maria Brazil K g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

Centre international de recherche-développement sur l'élevage en zone subhumide

CIRDES 1972 Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso E

Centre of International Conflicts and Crises Studies

Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium G

CESVI Fondazione

1985 Bergamo Italy G f Foundations

CGIAR System Organization

CGIAR 1971 Montpellier France E gy International Federations, IGOs

Change Partnership

2013 Brussels Belgium J

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands

CDF 1959 Galapagos Ecuador F f Foundations

Child Rights Connect

1983 Geneva Switzerland E y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

ChildFund Alliance

2002 New York NY USA F y Funds, International Federations

Children in Crisis

1993 London UK G

Children's Cup

1992 Prairieville LA USA N

ChildRights International Research Institute

1992 New York NY USA G j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

Christian Disaster Response International

Winter Haven FL USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Church World Service

CWS 1946 Elkhart IN USA G Humanitarian Organizations

CIS Interstate Council for Emergency Situations

1993 Minsk Belarus K g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance

CCFLA 2014 C

Citizens' Alliance for Saving the Atmosphere and the Earth

CASA 1988 Osaka Japan G

Citizens' Climate Engagement Network

CCEN 2015 F

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y International Federations

Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change

CSCCC Washington DC USA F

Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities

Clean Air Asia 2001 Pasig City Philippines E y International Federations

Clean Air Institute

CAI 2006 Washington DC USA E j Institutes


London UK F

Climate Action

2007 London UK G

Climate Action Network

CAN 1989 Beirut Lebanon F y International Federations

Climate Action Network Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

1994 E

Climate Action Network Europe

CAN Europe 1989 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

Climate Action Network Latin America

CANLA 1992 Mexico City Mexico E

Climate Action Network South Asia

CANSA 1991 Dhaka Bangladesh E

Climate Action Network South East Asia


Climate Alliance

1990 Frankfurt-Main Germany F

Climate Analytics

2008 Berlin Germany G

Climate and Clean Air Coalition

CCAC 2012 Paris France E y International Federations

Climate and Development Knowledge Network

CDKN 2010 London UK F y International Federations

Climate Bonds Initiative

London UK F y International Federations