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

Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security

CTI-CFF 2007 Manado Indonesia E g

Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action

CLN 2010 Cambridge UK E

Corps mondial de secours

CMS 1972 Limoges-Fourches France F y

Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific

CROP 1988 Suva Fiji E gy

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel

CSIET 1984 Alexandria VA USA G

Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

2008 Brussels Belgium E

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

2010 Oakland CA USA E

Crisis Management Initiative

CMI 2000 Helsinki Finland G

Crops For the Future

CFF 2008 Cambridge UK F


1995 Orlando FL USA G

Cultural Survival

1972 Cambridge MA USA G

Danish Refugee Council

DRC 1956 Copenhagen Denmark G y



Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa

DLCO-EA 1962 Addis Ababa Ethiopia D g

DESERTEC Foundation

2009 Hamburg Germany J f

Destinations International

1914 Washington DC USA F

Development Perspectives


Development Workshop Austria

1986 Hallein Austria G

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe

1954 Berlin Germany G

Digital Education Africa Network

DEAN 2001 Amsterdam Netherlands N

Disabled Peoples' International

DPI 1981 Ottawa ON Canada B

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

Disaster Resource Partnership


Disasters Emergency Committee

DEC 1963 London UK G y

Divers Alert Network Asia-Pacific

DAN Asia-Pacific 1994 Ashburton VIC Australia K v

Divers Alert Network Europe

DAN Europe 1981 Roseto K

Divers Alert Network Southern Africa

DAN Southern Africa Halfway House South Africa K

Drawdown Europe Research Association

DERA Amsterdam Netherlands D

DRI International

DRII 1988 New York NY USA C


2007 Mowbray South Africa F y

E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism

2004 London UK G

Earth Charter International

ECI 2000 San José Costa Rica F

Earth Child Institute


Earth Commission

2019 Stockholm Sweden E

Earth Innovation Institute

2010 San Francisco CA USA E

Earth Rights Institute

ERI 2001 Santa Monica CA USA G j


2014 Mumbai India F


EA 1992 Amherst MA USA F y


1971 San Francisco CA USA G f

Earthlife Africa

ELA 1988 Dalbridge South Africa G v

EarthRights International

ERI 1994 Washington DC USA G

Earthworm Foundation

1999 Nyon Switzerland F f

East African Communications Organisation

EACO Kigali Rwanda D

East African Meteorological Society

EAMS Arusha Tanzania UR D

East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies

ESAFS 1990 Tokyo Japan D

Eastern Caribbean-Southeast Asia Economic and Cultural Chamber

EC-SEA Chamber Roseau Dominica F

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

EaP CSF 2009 Brussels Belgium F y

ECO Science Foundation

ECOSF 2011 Islamabad Pakistan E fg

Ecole africaine de la méteorologie et de l'aviation civile

EAMAC 1963 Niamey Niger E g