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

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 IGOs, International Federations

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


1956 Gouda Netherlands D v

Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre

EADRCC 1998 Brussels Belgium E g IGOs, NATO Bodies

Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Unit

EADRU 1998 Brussels Belgium E g IGOs, NATO Bodies

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 IGOs, Humanitarian Organizations, NATO Bodies


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

European Agreement on Mutual Assistance in the Matter of Special Medical Treatments and Climatic Facilities

1962 Strasbourg France T g IGOs, Treaties

European Agreement on Travel by Young Persons on Collective Passports between the Member Countries of the Council of Europe

1961 Strasbourg France T g IGOs, Treaties

European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

EuroACE 1998 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

European Association for Critical Animal Studies

EACAS 2015 D

European Association of Aquatic Sciences Libraries and Information Centres

EURASLIC 1988 Zagreb Croatia D

European Association of Geographers

EUROGEO 1979 Saragossa Spain F

European Boating Industry

EBI 2009 Brussels Belgium D

European Broadcasting Union

EBU 1950 Geneva Switzerland D European Union Bodies

European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure

ECCSEL 2017 F g IGOs

European Centre for Disaster Awareness with the Use of Internet, Cyprus

Nicosia Cyprus G g IGOs

European Centre for Disaster Medicine

1986 Cailungo San Marino E g IGOs

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

ECMWF 1975 Reading UK E g IGOs

European Centre for Research into Techniques for Informing the Population in Emergency Situations

1988 Madrid Spain G g IGOs

European Centre of New Technologies for the Management of Natural and Technological Major Hazards

ECNTRM 1990 Moscow Russia E vg IGOs

European Centre on Training and Formation of Local and Regional Authorities and Population in the Field of Natural and Technological Disasters

ECMHT 1995 Baku Azerbaijan G g IGOs

European Chemical Employers Group

ECEG 2001 Brussels Belgium F

European Chemical Industry Council

1972 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

European Child Rescue Alert and Police Network on Missing Children

AMBER Alert Europe 2008 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

European Cities Marketing

ECM 2007 Dijon France F

European Climate Foundation

ECF 2008 The Hague Netherlands F f Foundations

European Climate Research Alliance

ECRA 2011 Brussels Belgium D

European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care


European Consortium for Emergency Contraception

ECEC 2012 Tîrgu-Mures Romania E

European Construction Industry Federation

1905 Brussels Belgium D

European Crisis Management Academy

ECMA 2000 Leiden Netherlands E v

European Drought Centre

EDC 2004 Wageningen Netherlands E v

European Emergency Number Association

EENA 1999 Brussels Belgium E

European EMS Leadership Network

2016 Copenhagen Denmark F

European Energy Efficiency Fund

EEEF F f Funds, Funds

European Environmental Citizens' Organisation for Standardisation

ECOS 2001 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

European Federation of Green Roof Associations

EFB 1997 Vienna Austria D