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

Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement Concerning the Use of Seamen's Books as Travel Documents

1964 T g Treaties, IGOs

Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement Concerning the Use of the Seaman's Book as a Travel Document

1964 T g Treaties, IGOs

Famine Early Warning System

FEWS Washington DC USA G g IGOs

FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region

1971 Rome Italy E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

FAO Inter-Regional Cooperative Research Network on Rice in the Mediterranean Climate Areas

MedRice Network 1990 Grugliasco Italy F FAO Bodies

FAO-ICARDA International Technical Cooperation Network on Cactus

CACTUSNET 1993 Santiago Chile E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Federación Iberoamericana de Productores de &/Arides

FIPA Madrid Spain J

Federación Latinoamericana e Ibérica de Sociedades de Meteorologia

FLISMET 1986 Rio de Janeiro Brazil D

Federation of ASEAN Travel Agents

FATA Singapore Singapore E

Feinstein International Center

FIC 1996 Somerville MA USA G

Final Act of the Intergovernmental Conference on the Adoption of a Travel Document for Refugees

1946 T g Intergovernmental Communities, Treaties, IGOs

Firemen without Borders

1991 Aix-en-Provence France F Humanitarian Organizations


2000 Kamloops BC Canada G

Fondation Hirondelle - Media for Peace and Human Dignity

1995 Lausanne Switzerland G f Foundations

Food Crisis Prevention Network

1985 Paris France F y International Federations

Foundation PEN Emergency Fund

1971 Bussum Netherlands K f Professional Bodies, Foundations, Funds

Frederick Mulder Foundation

FMF London UK G f

French Global Environment Facility

FGEF 1994 Paris France G gf Funds, IGOs

Fundación para el Desarrollo de Zonas Secas y Semiaridas de Mesoamérica

FUNDESEM 2009 Guatemala Guatemala G f

Future Forest

2001 Seoul Korea Rep G

GBTA Europe

2010 Amersham UK G

Gender and Disaster Network

GDN 1997 Newcastle upon Tyne UK F

GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice

GenderCC 2007 Berlin Germany C y International Federations

Genocide Alert

2007 Cologne Germany G

Global Adaptation Network

GAN Nairobi Kenya F

Global Aid Foundation

1993 Astoria NY USA F fv Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

Global Alert for Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged

GADYLP 1996 Lagos Nigeria G

Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

GACSA 2014 E y International Federations

Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction

GADR 2001 F

Global Alliances for Water and Climate

GAfWaC 2016 E g IGOs

Global Business Travel Association

GBTA Alexandria VA USA G

Global Call for Climate Action

GCCA 2008 Montréal QC Canada F y International Federations

Global Catastrophic Risk Institute

GCRI 2011 Seattle WA USA N j Institutes

Global Catholic Climate Movement

GCCM 2015 Boston MA USA E y

Global Center on Adaptation

GCA Rotterdam Netherlands J y

Global Challenges Foundation

2012 Stockholm Sweden G f Foundations

Global Change Foundation

2009 New York NY USA N f Foundations

Global Change Impact Studies Centre

GCISC 2002 Islamabad Pakistan G

Global Change Institute

GCI Brisbane Australia G j Institutes

Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training

START Washington DC USA E

Global Cities Covenant on Climate

Mexico City Pact 2010 Mexico City Mexico E

Global Climate Change Institute, Tsinghua University

GCCI 1998 Beijing China G j Institutes

Global Climate Forum

GCF 2001 Berlin Germany F y International Federations

Global Climate Observing System

GCOS 1992 Geneva Switzerland F gv IGOs

Global Commission on Adaptation

2018 Rotterdam Netherlands C y

Global Coral Reef Alliance

GCRA 1990 Cambridge MA USA N

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

2016 F

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System


Global Disaster Immediate Response Team

Global DIRT 2010 N

Global Disaster Information Network

GDIN 1998 South Riding VA USA F