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

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

1962 Strasbourg France T g Treaties, IGOs

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

1961 Strasbourg France T g Treaties, IGOs

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 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 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

European Golf and Travel Media Association


European Group of Emergency Nurses

2010 Dudley UK D

European HEMS and Air Ambulance Committee

EHAC 2000 Munich Germany E

European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association

EISCAT 1975 Kiruna Sweden F y International Federations

European Institute for Climate and Energy

2007 Jena Germany N j Institutes

European Meteorological Society

EMS 1999 Berlin Germany D y International Federations

European Natural Disasters Training Centre, Ankara

AFEM 1988 Ankara Turkey G g IGOs

European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability

ECOLISE Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

EUMETSAT 1986 Darmstadt Germany E g IGOs

European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites Staff Association Committee

EUMETSAT Staff Association Committee 1986 Darmstadt Germany E Staff Associations

European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

Intergroup 1994 Brussels Belgium F

European Platform on preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergency response and recovery

NERIS 2009 Fontenay-aux-Roses France F

European Regional Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference

Geneva Switzerland S c Conference Series

European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion

ERCOFTAC 1988 London UK F

European Severe Storms Laboratory

ESSL 2002 Wessling Germany F

European Society for Automatic Alarm Systems

EUSAS 1989 Duisburg Germany D

European Society for Emergency Medicine

EuSEM 1994 Aartselaar Belgium D v

European Society for Emergency Radiology

ESER Vienna Austria D

European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery

ESTES 2007 D

European Technology and Travel Services Association

ETTSA 2009 Brussels Belgium D

European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants

ZEP 2005 Brussels Belgium F

European Tour Operators Association

ETOA 1989 London UK D

European Travel and Tourism Advisory Group

ETAG 1981 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

European Travel Commission

ETC 1948 Brussels Belgium D

European Travel Insurance Group

ETI Group 1992 Utrecht Netherlands D

European Travel Press

ETP 1993 Brussels Belgium D