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 Flood Partnership

GFP 2014 J

Global Forest Coalition

GFC 2000 Asunción Paraguay F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

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 Fuel Economy Initiative

GFEI London UK E

Global Gender and Climate Alliance

GGCA 2007 Washington DC USA F y International Federations

Global Hope Mobilization

GLOHOMO Lilongwe Malawi G Human Rights Organizations

Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

GI-ESCR 2010 Geneva Switzerland G Human Rights Organizations

Global Network of Basins Working on Climate Change Adaptation

2013 F

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

1978 Abuja Nigeria G Human Rights Organizations

Global Rights Alert

GRA 2007 Kampala Uganda G Human Rights Organizations

Global Risk Forum

GRF Davos Davos-Platz Switzerland N

Global Runoff Data Centre

GRDC 1988 Koblenz Germany E g IGOs

Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference

G-STIC 2017 S c Conference Series

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


Toronto ON Canada G

Good Energies Foundation

2007 Zug Switzerland G f Foundations

Grassroots International

GI 1983 Boston MA USA G Human Rights Organizations

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 Cross International

GCI 1993 Geneva Switzerland F Humanitarian Organizations

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 International Federations

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

Hammer Forum

Hamm Germany G

Hanwang Forum

2011 Beijing China J

Health of Mother Earth Foundation

HOMEF Benin City Nigeria G f Foundations

Help - Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe

1981 Bonn Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Higher Institute of Emergency Planning - European Centre Florival

1991 Brussels Belgium G gjn Institutes, IGOs

Human Appeal

1984 Cheadle UK F Humanitarian Organizations

Human Relief Foundation

HRF 1991 Bradford UK G f Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

Humanitarian Crisis Hub

Melbourne Australia G Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative

HQAI 2015 Geneva Switzerland F Humanitarian Organizations

Humanity and Inclusion

HI 1982 Brussels Belgium F Humanitarian Organizations


1979 Kaufbeuren Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Hydrometeorological Research Institute of Uzhydromet

NIGMI 1957 Tashkent Uzbekistan G j Institutes

IIED América-Latina

1988 Buenos Aires Argentina E j Institutes

IMA World Health

IMA 1960 Washington DC USA G y International Federations