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

European Metal Union

EMU 1954 Brussels Belgium D

European Meteorological Society

EMS 1999 Berlin Germany D y

European Music Council

EMC 1972 Bonn Germany E y

European Natural Disasters Training Centre, Ankara

AFEM 1988 Ankara Ankara Turkey G g

European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability

ECOLISE Brussels Belgium F y

European Network of Agricultural Social Protection Systems

ENASP Kassel Germany F

European Network of Freshwater Research Organisations

EurAqua 1993 Helsinki Finland D

European Network of Social Integration Enterprises

ENSIE 2001 Herstal Belgium F

European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites


European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites Staff Association Committee

EUMETSAT Staff Association Committee 1986 Darmstadt Germany E

European Outdoor Conservation Association

EOCA 2006 Zug ZG Switzerland D

European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

Intergroup 1994 Brussels Belgium F

European Platform on preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergency response and recovery

NERIS 2009 Fontenay-aux-Roses France F

European Regional Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference

Geneva GE Switzerland S c

European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion


European Severe Storms Laboratory

ESSL 2002 F

European Social Survey

ESS 2001 London UK E g

European Society for Automatic Alarm Systems

EUSAS 1989 Duisburg Germany D

European Society for Emergency Medicine

EuSEM 1994 Aartselaar Belgium D v

European Society for Emergency Radiology

ESER Vienna Austria D

European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

SLSAeu Basel BS Switzerland D

European Society for Trauma and Emergency Surgery

ESTES 2007 D

European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants

ZEP 2005 Brussels Belgium F

European Transport Workers' Federation

ETF 1958 Brussels Belgium E

European Travel and Tourism Advisory Group

ETAG 1981 Brussels Belgium E y

European Travel Commission

ETC 1948 Brussels Belgium D

European Travel Insurance Group

ETI Group 1992 Utrecht Netherlands D

European Travel Press

ETP 1993 D

European Travel Retail Confederation

ETRC 1988 Brussels Belgium D

European Underwater Federation

EUF Faverges France D

European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society


European Water and Wastewater Industry Association

Aqua Europa 1977 Brussels Belgium D

European Wind Energy Technology Platform

TPWind 2005 Brussels Belgium F

European Wind Tower Association

EWTA Brussels Belgium J

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

Brussels Belgium D y

Europeans for Fair Roaming

2010 F

EuroTube Foundation

2017 Collombey VS Switzerland G

Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement Concerning the Use of Seamen's Books as Travel Documents

1964 T g

Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement Concerning the Use of the Seaman's Book as a Travel Document

1964 T g

Famine Early Warning System Network

FEWS NET 1985 Washington DC USA G g

FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region

1971 Rome RM Italy E g

FAO Inter-Regional Cooperative Research Network on Rice in the Mediterranean Climate Areas

MedRice Network 1990 Grugliasco TO Italy F

FAO-ICARDA International Technical Cooperation Network on Cactus

CACTUSNET 1993 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile E g

Federación de Partidos Verdes de las Américas

FPVA 1997 Mexico City CDMX Mexico D

Federación Iberoamericana de Productores de Árides

FIPA Madrid Madrid Spain J

Federación Latinoamericana de Ciudades, Municipios y Asociaciones de Gobiernos Locales

FLACMA 1981 Mexico City CDMX Mexico D

Federación Latinoamericana e Ibérica de Sociedades de Meteorologia

FLISMET 1986 Rio de Janeiro RJ Brazil D

Fédération européenne des grossistes en appareils sanitaires et de chauffage

FEST 1958 D