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

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

GDACS F g IGOs

Global Disaster Immediate Response Team

Global DIRT 2010 N

Global Disaster Information Network

GDIN 1998 South Riding VA USA F

Global Disaster Resilience Centre

GDRC Huddersfield UK G

Global Dryland Alliance

GDA 2011 Doha Qatar D g IGOs

Global Emergency Communications

GEM 2010 J

Global Emergency Medical Net

GEMNET 2001 Le Chesnay France F

Global Energy Initiative

New York NY USA F

Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre

GEC3 1990 Montréal QC Canada N

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

GFDRR 2006 Washington DC USA F g IGOs

Global Flood Partnership

GFP 2014 J

Global Forum of NGOs for Natural Disaster Reduction

GFNDR 1994 Quezon City Philippines G

Global Framework for Climate Services

GFCS 2009 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

Global Gender and Climate Alliance

GGCA 2007 Washington DC USA F y International Federations

Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction

GNDR London UK F

Global Network of Isotopes in Precipitation

GNIP 1961 Vienna Austria F

Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network

GOARN 2000 Geneva Switzerland E

Global Precipitation Climatology Centre

GPCC 1988 Offenbach Germany G

Global Rights Alert

GRA 2007 Kampala Uganda G Human Rights Organizations

Global Risk Forum

GRF Davos Davos-Platz Switzerland N

Global Shelter Cluster

GSC Geneva Switzerland E y

Global Terrestrial Observing System

GTOS 1996 F g IGOs

Global Warming International Center

GWIC 1986 E

Global Wind Energy Council

GWEC 2005 Brussels Belgium E

GlobalMedic

Toronto ON Canada G

Good Energies Foundation

2007 Zug Switzerland G f

Green Belt Movement

1977 Nairobi Kenya F

Green Climate Fund

GCF Incheon Korea Rep F fg Funds, IGOs

Green Cooling Initiative

GCI 2014 Eschborn Germany G International Federations

Green Hotels Association

1993 Houston TX USA D

Green Jobs and Sustainable Development International Centre

GJASD International Geneva Switzerland G

GreenMicrofinance Center

GMfC Phoenixville PA USA G

Groupe de Secours Catastrophe Français

CSCF 1999 Villeneuve d'Ascq France N

Groupe de Travail Désertification

GTD 2001 Viols-le-Fort France G y

Groupe francophone de réanimation et urgences pédiatriques

GFRUP Bordeaux France G

Groupe urgence, réhabilitation et développement

Groupe URD 1993 Plaisians France G Humanitarian Organizations

Guild of European Business Travel Agents

GEBTA 1990 Brussels Belgium F

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