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

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




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 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


2012 Doha Qatar F


1995 Brussels Belgium F

Economy for the Common Good

ECG Hamburg Germany C - European Sustainable Business Federation

2016 Brussels Belgium D

Eden Foundation

1985 Falkenberg Sweden N f

EDGE Funders Alliance

San Francisco CA USA J

Edmund Rice International

ERI Geneva Switzerland E

Education Cannot Wait

ECW 2016 F f

EGI Foundation 2010 Amsterdam Netherlands F fy


2012 Helsinki Finland F

Emerge Poverty Free

1995 London UK G


1994 Milan Italy G

Emergency Nutrition Network

ENN 1996 Oxford UK G

Emergency Telecommunications Cluster

ETC Rome Italy E y

Emergency, Prevention, Preparedness and Response

EPPR 1991 Tromsø Norway E gy

Emmaus International

1971 Montreuil France E

Energy and Resources Institute

TERI 1974 Delhi India G j

Engineers Without Borders International

EWB International 2002 Denver CO USA F

Entomological Society of Southern Africa

ESSA 1937 Hatfield South Africa F

Environmental Coalition on Standards

ECOS 2001 Brussels Belgium D y

Environmental Foundation for Africa

EFA Freetown Sierra Leone G f

Environmental Investigation Agency

EIA 1984 London UK G

Environmental Peacebuilding Association

EnPAx 2018 Washington DC USA C y

Episcopal Relief and Development

1940 New York NY USA G f


2008 Brussels Belgium D y

ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee

TC 1968 Macau Macau E g

EU ProSun Glass

Brussels Belgium J

eu travel tech

2009 Brussels Belgium D