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 Travel Retail Confederation

ETRC 1988 Brussels Belgium D

European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society


European Wind Energy Technology Platform

TPWind 2005 Brussels Belgium F

European Young Women's Christian Association

The European YWCA 1979 Stockholm Sweden E

European Youth Card Association

EYCA 1987 Brussels Belgium E

European Youth Forum

1997 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Europeans for Fair Roaming

2010 F

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 de Partidos Verdes de las Américas

FPVA 1997 Mexico City Mexico D

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 Associations

FATA Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E

Federation of European Microbiological Societies

FEMS 1974 Delft Netherlands D y International Federations

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 and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

FAO 1945 Rome Italy B g FAO Bodies, United Nations Bodies, IGOs

Food Crisis Prevention Network

1985 Paris France F y International Federations

Forum for Arctic Modeling and Observational Synthesis


Foundation myclimate

Zurich Switzerland G f Foundations

Foundation PEN Emergency Fund

1971 Bussum Netherlands K f Funds, Professional Bodies, Foundations

France Volontaires

1963 Ivry-sur-Seine France G Humanitarian Organizations

Franciscans International

FI 1985 Geneva Switzerland F Human Rights Organizations, United Nations Bodies

Frederick Mulder Foundation

FMF G f Foundations

Freedom from Debt Coalition

FDC 1988 Quezon City Philippines G Humanitarian Organizations

French Global Environment Facility

FGEF 1994 Paris France G gf Funds, IGOs

Friends of the Earth International

FoEI 1971 Amsterdam Netherlands F y International Federations

Fundación para el Desarrollo de Zonas Secas y Semiaridas de Mesoamérica

FUNDESEM 2009 Guatemala Guatemala G f Foundations

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 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 International Federations