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

Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty

COTAP 2011 Oakland CA USA G

CARE International

1945 Brussels Belgium F f

Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Europe

CCCE 2019 Brussels Belgium E t

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

CCCCC 2001 Belmopan Belize E g

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency

CDEMA 1991 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 Barbados E gj

Caribbean Meteorological Organization

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

Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations

CNFO 2004 F

Caribbean Youth Environment Network

CYEN 1993 Bridgetown Barbados F

Caritas Asia

1973 Bangkok F y

Carmelite NGO

New Orleans LA USA E

Catalyst 2030

2020 Haarlem Netherlands J y

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 F

CEDAR Fund

1991 Hong Kong Hong Kong G

CEMBUREAU - The European Cement Association

CEMBUREAU 1947 Brussels 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 Humanitarian 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 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

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 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 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 Security Cooperation

RACVIAC 2000 Bestovje Croatia E g

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

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 E

Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Banda Ancha para el Desarrollo

CEABAD 2014 Managua Nicaragua E

Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici

CMCC 2005 Lecce Italy G

Centro Latinoamericano de Medicina de Desastres de Cuba

CLAMED Havana Cuba N

CESVI Fondazione

1985 Bergamo 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

Chemists Without Borders

2004 Sacramento CA USA N

Child Rights Connect

1983 Geneva Switzerland E y

ChildFund Alliance

2002 New York NY USA F y

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