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

Centre for Livelihoods, Ecosystems, Energy, Adaptation and Resilience in the Caribbean

CLEAR Caribbean Bridport UK 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 RS Brazil K g

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

CIRDES 1972 Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso E

Centro de Coordinación para la Prevención de los Desastres Naturales en América Central

CEPREDENAC 1987 Guatemala Guatemala Guatemala E

Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici

CMCC 2005 Lecce BT Italy G

Centro Latinoamericano de Medicina de Desastres de Cuba

CLAMED Havana Cuba N

CESVI Fondazione

1985 Bergamo BG Italy G f

CGIAR System Organization

CGIAR 1971 Montpellier France E gy

Change Partnership

2013 Brussels Belgium J

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands

CDF 1959 Puerto Ayora Ecuador F f

Child Rights Connect

1983 Geneva GE Switzerland E y

ChildFund Alliance

2002 New York NY USA F y

Childhood Education International

CE International 1892 Washington DC USA G

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

Church World Service

CWS 1946 Elkhart IN USA G


2005 Brussels Belgium D

Circle of Blue

Traverse City MI USA G

Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance

CCFLA 2014 C

Citizens' Alliance for Saving the Atmosphere and the Earth

CASA 1988 Osaka Osaka Japan G

Citizens' Climate Engagement Network

CCEN 2015 F

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y

Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change

CSCCC Washington DC USA F

Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities

Clean Air Asia 2001 Pasig City RIZ Philippines E y

Clean Air Institute

CAI 2006 Washington DC USA E j


London UK F

Climate Action

2007 London UK G

Climate Action Network

CAN 1989 Bonn Germany F y

Climate Action Network Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

1994 E

Climate Action Network Europe

CAN Europe 1989 Brussels Belgium E y

Climate Action Network Latin America

CANLA 1992 Mexico City CDMX 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

Climate and Development Knowledge Network

CDKN 2010 London UK F y

Climate Bonds Initiative

London UK F y

Climate Broadcasters Network - Europe

CBN-E 2007 E

Climate change Learning Initiative Mobilizing Action Transforming Environments in Asia Pacific

CLIMATE Asia Pacific 2010 E

Climate Foundation

2007 Woods Hole MA USA G f

Climate Group

2003 London UK F

Climate Institute

1986 Washington DC USA G j

Climate Interactive


Climate Investment Funds

CIF 2008 F f

Climate Knowledge Brokers

CKB 2011 Vienna Austria F y

Climate Markets and Investment Association

CMIA 2008 London UK D

Climate Parliament

London UK F