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

Comité Regional de Recursos Hidraulicos del Istmo Centroamericano

CRRH 1966 San José San José San José Costa Rica E g

Commission du Danube

CD 1948 Budapest Hungary E g

Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South-West Asia

SWAC 1964 Rome RM Italy E g

Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region

CRC 1965 Cairo Cairo Egypt E g

Commons Network

Berlin Germany J

Commonwealth Heritage Forum

2020 London UK G

Commonwealth Law Ministers' Meeting

CLMM 1965 London UK S cg

Commonwealth Secretariat

1965 London UK C g

Commonwealth Youth Climate Initiative

2009 London UK E

Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities Network

CDAC Network 2009 London UK F y

Community Forests International

CFI 2008 Sackville NB Canada G

Community Media Forum Europe

CMFE 2004 Gudhjem Denmark F y

Community of Sahel-Saharan States

CEN-SAD 1998 D g

Community Plant Variety Office

CPVO 1995 Angers France E g

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

1980 T g

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

Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants

CEWEP 2002 D

Confederation of Fire Protection Associations

CFPA Europe 1974 Hvidovre Denmark D

Conference of Commonwealth Meteorologists

Exeter UK C c

Conference of Directors of the Ibero American Meteorological and Hydrological Services

2003 Madrid Madrid Spain F

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

AFRIMET Madrid Madrid Spain E

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

CONGO 1948 Geneva GE Switzerland E y

Conflict Prevention Centre, Vienna

CPC 1990 Vienna Austria K g


2009 Washington DC USA E

Conseil européen de l'industrie chimique

CEFIC 1972 Brussels Belgium D y

Consensus for Sustainable People, Organisations and Communities

CSPOC 1983 Geneva GE Switzerland G

Convention Internationale Relative au Contrat de Voyage

CCV 1970 Rome RM Italy T g

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

1986 T gy

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

1950 T g

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

1992 T g

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

EMEP 1979 Geneva GE Switzerland F g

Cooperazione Italiana Nord-Sud

CINS 1988 Rome RM Italy G

Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites

CGMS 1972 Darmstadt Germany E gy

Coppieters Foundation

2007 Brussels Belgium F f

Coral Guardian

2012 G

Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action

CLN 2010 Cambridge UK E

Corps mondial de secours

CMS 1972 Limoges-Fourches France F y

Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific

CROP 1988 Suva Fiji E gy

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 Management Initiative

CMI 2000 Helsinki Finland G

Crops For the Future

CFF 2008 Semenyih Selangor Malaysia F


1995 Orlando FL USA G

Cultural Survival

1972 Cambridge MA USA G

DAMOCLES Consortium

Paris France E y



Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa

DLCO-EA 1962 Addis Ababa Ethiopia D g

DESERTEC Foundation

2009 Hamburg Germany J f

Destinations International

1914 Washington DC USA F

Development Perspectives