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



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

Disabled Peoples' International

DPI 1981 Ottawa ON Canada B Human Rights 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

Divers Alert Network Southern Africa

DAN Southern Africa Halfway House South Africa K

DRI International

DRII 1988 New York NY USA C


Mowbray South Africa F y International Federations

Earth Child Institute

ECI New York NY USA F j Institutes



EarthAction Network

1992 Amherst MA USA F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations


1971 San Francisco CA USA G f Funds, Human Rights Organizations

Earthlife Africa

ELA 1988 Dalbridge South Africa G v

EarthRights International

ERI 1994 Washington DC USA G Human Rights Organizations

East African Meteorological Society

EAMS Arusha Tanzania UR D


1995 Brussels Belgium F

Eden Foundation

1985 Falkenberg Sweden N f Foundations

EDGE Funders Alliance

San Francisco CA USA C

Edmund Rice International

ERI Geneva Switzerland E

Education Cannot Wait

ECW 2016 F f Humanitarian Organizations

Emerge Poverty Free

1995 London UK G


1994 Milan Italy G

Emergency Architects

2001 Amiens France G Humanitarian Organizations

Emergency Nutrition Network

ENN 1996 Oxford UK G

Emergency Telecommunications Cluster

ETC Rome Italy E y International Federations

Emergency, Prevention, Preparedness and Response

EPPR 1991 Tromsí Norway E gy International Federations, IGOs

Emmaus International

1971 Montreuil France E

Engineers Without Borders International

EWB International 2002 Denver CO USA F

Entrepreneurs without Frontiers Foundation

Boechout Belgium G f Foundations

Episcopal Relief and Development

1940 New York NY USA G f Humanitarian Organizations


2008 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee

TC 1968 Macau Macau E g IGOs

EU ProSun Glass

Brussels Belgium J

Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre

EADRCC 1998 Brussels Belgium E g NATO Bodies, IGOs

Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Unit

EADRU 1998 Brussels Belgium E g NATO Bodies, IGOs

Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change

2005 Lecce Italy G

Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Research on Arid Areas

CRSTRA 1991 Biskra Algeria G g IGOs


1992 Strasbourg France F g NATO Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs


Paris France E UNESCO Bodies

Europäische Akademie für Krise und Management

EAKM 2000 Vienna Austria N

European Academy of Wind Energy

EAWE 2003 Kassel Germany D