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


2012 Helsinki Finland F

Emerge Poverty Free

1995 London UK G


1994 Milan MI Italy G

Emergency Nutrition Network

ENN 1996 Oxford UK G

Emergency Telecommunications Cluster

ETC Rome RM Italy E y

Emergency, Prevention, Preparedness and Response

EPPR 1991 Tromsø Norway E gy

Emmaus International

1971 Montreuil France E

Engineers Without Borders International

EWB International 2002 Denver CO USA F

Entomological Society of Southern Africa

ESSA 1937 Hatfield South Africa F

Environmental Foundation for Africa

EFA Freetown Sierra Leone G f

Environmental Investigation Agency

EIA 1984 London UK G

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


1956 Gouda Netherlands D v

Euclid Network

2007 The Hague Netherlands E

Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre

EADRCC 1998 Brussels Belgium E g

Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Unit

EADRU 1998 Brussels Belgium E g

Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Research on Arid Areas

CRSTRA 1991 Biskra Algeria G g


1995 Brussels Belgium D


Paris France E

Europäische Akademie für Krise und Management

EAKM 2000 Vienna Austria N

Europäisches Institut für Klima und Energie

EIKE 2007 Jena Germany N j

European Academy of Wind Energy

EAWE 2003 Kassel Germany D

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

1962 Strasbourg France T g

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

1961 Strasbourg France T g

European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

EuroACE 1998 Brussels Belgium F y

European Association for Critical Animal Studies

EACAS 2015 D

European Association of Aquatic Sciences Libraries and Information Centres

EURASLIC 1988 Zagreb Croatia D

European Association of Geographers

EUROGEO 1979 Saragossa Saragossa Spain F

European Association of Personality Psychology

EAPP 1984 D v

European Boating Industry

EBI 2009 Brussels Belgium D

European Broadcasting Union

EBU 1950 Geneva GE Switzerland D

European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure

ECCSEL 2017 F g

European Centre for Disaster Awareness with the Use of Internet, Cyprus

Nicosia Cyprus G g

European Centre for Disaster Medicine

1986 Cailungo San Marino E g

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

ECMWF 1975 Reading UK E g

European Centre for Research into Techniques for Informing the Population in Emergency Situations

1988 Madrid Madrid Spain G g

European Centre for River Restoration

ECRR 1995 Lelystad Netherlands E

European Centre of New Technologies for the Management of Natural and Technological Major Hazards

ECNTRM 1990 Moscow Moskva Russia E gv

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

European Chemical Employers Group

ECEG 2001 Brussels Belgium F

European Chemical Regions Network

ECRN 2004 Brussels Belgium D

European Child Rescue Alert and Police Network on Missing Children

AMBER Alert Europe Brussels Belgium F y

European Cities Marketing

ECM 2007 Dijon France F

European Climate Foundation

ECF 2008 The Hague Netherlands F f

European Climate Research Alliance

ECRA 2011 Brussels Belgium D

European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care