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

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva Switzerland G

Association Francophone pour l'Etude et la Recherche sur les Urgences Psychiatriques

AFERUP 1986 Nancy France D

Association internationale de climatologie

AIC 1988 Grenoble France D v

Association internationale forêts méditerranéennes

AIFM 1996 Marseille France D

Association internationale villes et ports - réseau mondial des villes portuaires

AIVP 1988 Le Havre France D

Association of Arid Lands Studies

AALS 1977 Lubbock TX USA G

Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils

AASSREC 1973 Canberra ACT Australia D

Association of Charity Lotteries in Europe

ACLEU 2007 Amsterdam Netherlands D

Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific

ADFIAP 1976 Makati Philippines C y

Association of European Geographical Societies

EUGEO 1997 Budapest Hungary D

Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry

HMEI 2001 Geneva Switzerland D t

Association of International Travel Agents Network

AITAN Miami FL USA D

Association of Language Travel Organizations

ALTO 1998 London UK D

Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe

AMICE 2007 Brussels Belgium D

Association of Plastics Manufacturers

PlasticsEurope 1976 Brussels Belgium D

Association of Professional Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Response Trainers International

ALERT International Kimberly ID USA N t

Association of Southern African Travel Agents

ASATA 1956 Benmore South Africa G n

Association of the Network for International Research on Desertification

DesertNet International 2007 Sassari Italy D

Association of Working Communities of the Alpine Regions

AWCAR 1989 Innsbruck E

Association of World Citizens

AWC 1975 Novato CA USA F

Association pisciculture et développement rural en Afrique tropicale humide

APDRA 1996 Massy France G

Atlas Service Corps

2006 Washington DC USA G

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

ACEM 1984 Melbourne VIC Australia G

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

Autre Terre

1982 Herstal Belgium F

Avoided Deforestation Partners

AD Partners 2007 Washington DC USA G

AVSI Foundation

1972 Milan Italy G f

Baltic Earth

Geesthacht 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

BETTER FINANCE

BF 2009 Brussels Belgium D

Big Life Foundation

Big Life 2010 Ridgefield WA F f

Black Sea Energy Research Centre

BSERC 2007 Sofia Bulgaria D

Blood Care Foundation

BCF 1991 Le Vaud Switzerland N f

Blue Marine Foundation

BLUE 2010 London UK G f

Blue Shield International

BSI 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne F

Bonsucro

2008 London UK C

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

BIICL 1958 London UK G jv

Buddhist Global Relief

BGR 2008 Carmel NY G

Buildings Performance Institute Europe

BPIE 2010 Brussels D j

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels 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 Neutral Cities Alliance

CNCA C

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