Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Climate Action


Every person, in every country in every continent will be impacted in some shape or form by climate change. There is a climate cataclysm looming, and we are underprepared for what this could mean.

Climate change is caused by human activities and threatens life on earth as we know it. With rising greenhouse gas emissions, climate change is occurring at rates much faster than anticipated. Its impacts can be devastating and include extreme and changing weather patterns and rising sea levels.

If left unchecked, climate change will undo a lot of the development progress made over the past years. It will also provoke mass migrations that will lead to instability and wars.

To limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre- industrial levels, emissions must already be decreasing and need to be cut by almost half by 2030, just seven years away. But, we are drastically off track from this target.

Urgent and transformative going beyond mere plans and promises are crucial. It requires raising ambition, covering entire economies and moving towards climate-resilient development, while outlining a clear path to achieve net-zero emissions. Immediate measures are necessary to avoid catastrophic consequences and secure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

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 Europeen de Musique

CEM Paris France 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 Development Information and Education

1983 Rome Italy G

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

Centre on World Economy Studies

1979 Havana Cuba G

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

Centro UNESCO del Pais Vasco

UNESCO Etxea 1991 Bilbao Spain G

CESVI Fondazione

1985 Bergamo Italy G f

CGIAR System Organization

CGIAR 1971 Montpellier France E gy

Chambre de commerce belgo-luxembourgeoise-allemande

1894 Brussels Belgium G

Change Partnership

2013 Brussels Belgium J

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands

CDF 1959 Puerto Ayora Ecuador F f

Chemical Recycling Europe

ChemRecEurope 2019 Brussels Belgium D

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

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

Christian Conference of Asia

CCA 1959 Chiang Mai Thailand D

Christian World Service

CWS 1942 Christchurch New Zealand G

Church World Service

CWS 1946 Elkhart IN USA G

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

CTBI London UK N

Cine-Regio

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 Japan G

Citizens' Climate Engagement Network

CCEN 2015 F

City Destinations Alliance

CityDNA 2007 Dijon France F

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y

Clean Air Asia

2001 Pasig City Philippines E y

Clean Air Institute

CAI 2006 Washington DC USA E j

Clean Air Task Force

CATF 1996 Boston MA USA G

Clean Clothes Campaign

CCC 1990 Amsterdam Netherlands F

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