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

Climate Policy Initiative

CPI 2009 San Francisco CA USA F

Climate Technology Centre and Network

CTCN Copenhagen Denmark F y International Federations

Cloud Community Europe

Luxembourg Luxembourg D

Clusterize - Business Roaming Agreement

BRA Karlsruhe Germany J

Commission du Danube

CD 1948 Budapest Hungary E g IGOs

Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South-West Asia

SWAC 1964 Rome Italy E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region

CRC 1965 Cairo Egypt E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Commonwealth Secretariat

1965 London UK C g Human Rights Organizations, Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Commonwealth Youth Climate Initiative

2009 London UK E

Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities Network

CDAC Network 2009 London UK F y International Federations


2010 N Humanitarian Organizations

Community Forests International

CFI 2008 Berlin Canada G

Community of Sahel-Saharan States

CEN-SAD 1998 D g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Physico-chemical Behaviour of Atmospheric Pollutants

1980 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Complementary Protocol to the Agreement on Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Southeast Pacific by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

1983 T g Treaties, IGOs

Conference of Commonwealth Meteorologists

Exeter UK C c Conference Series

Conference of Directors of the Ibero American Meteorological and Hydrological Services

2003 Madrid Spain F

Conference of Directors of the West African National Meteorological and Hydrological Services

AFRIMET Madrid Spain E

Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations

CONGO 1948 Geneva Switzerland E y United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Conflict Prevention Centre, Vienna

CPC 1990 Vienna Austria K g IGOs


2009 Washington DC USA E Funds, Funds

Convention on Assistance in the Case of Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency

1986 T gy FAO Bodies, WHO Bodies, International Federations, Treaties, IGOs

Convention on Road Traffic Concerning the Dimensions and Weights of Vehicles Permitted to Travel on Certain Roads

1950 T g Treaties, IGOs

Cooperation Agreement on the Forecast, Prevention and Mitigation of Natural and Technological Disasters

1992 T g Treaties, IGOs

Cooperative Programme for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Long-range Transmission of Air Pollutants in Europe

EMEP 1979 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

Cooperazione Italiana Nord-Sud

CINS 1988 Rome Italy G

Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites

CGMS 1972 Darmstadt Germany E gy International Federations, IGOs

Coordination SUD

1994 Paris France G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action

CLN 2010 Cambridge UK E

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel

CSIET 1984 Alexandria VA USA G

Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

2008 Brussels Belgium E

Crisis Action

2003 London UK F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Crisis Management Initiative

CMI 2000 Helsinki Finland G

Crops For the Future

CFF 2008 Semenyih Malaysia F


1995 Orlando FL USA G

Cultural Survival

1972 Cambridge MA USA G Human Rights Organizations

DAMOCLES Consortium

Paris France E y International Federations



Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa

DLCO-EA 1962 Addis Ababa Ethiopia D g IGOs

DESERTEC Foundation

2009 Hamburg Germany G f Foundations

Destinations International

1914 Washington DC USA F Professional Bodies

Development Perspectives


Development Workshop Austria

1986 Hallein Austria G

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

1954 Berlin Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Association, International

DERA International 1962 Longmont CO USA G

Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for South-Eastern Europe

DPPI SEE 2000 Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina E g IGOs

Disaster Resource Partnership


Disasters Emergency Committee

DEC 1963 London UK G y International Federations

Divers Alert Network Asia-Pacific

DAN Asia-Pacific 1994 Ashburton Australia K v

Divers Alert Network Europe

DAN Europe 1981 Roseto Italy K