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

1988 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 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

ECVECC 2014 J

European Consortium for Emergency Contraception

ECEC 2012 Targu-Mures Romania E

European Construction Industry Federation

1905 Brussels Belgium D t

European Crisis Management Academy

ECMA 2000 Leiden Netherlands E v

European Drought Centre

EDC 2004 Wageningen Netherlands E v

European Emergency Number Association

EENA 1999 Brussels Belgium E

European EMS Leadership Network

2016 Copenhagen Denmark F

European Energy Efficiency Fund

EEEF F f

European Environmental Bureau

EEB 1974 Brussels Belgium E y

European Environmental Citizens' Organisation for Standardisation

ECOS 2001 Brussels Belgium D y

European Federation of Clean Air and Environmental Protection Associations

EFCA 1996 Pfinztal Germany D y

European Federation of Green Roof Associations

EFB 1997 Vienna Austria D

European Federation of the Parquet Industry

FEP 1956 Brussels Belgium D t

European Football for Development Network

EFDN 2014 Breda Netherlands F

European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment

2005 Lund Sweden F

European Garden Heritage Network

EGHN 2003 Jüchen Germany F

European Golf and Travel Media Association

EGTMA D

European Group of Emergency Nurses

2010 Dudley UK D

European HEMS and Air Ambulance Committee

EHAC 2000 Filderstadt Germany E

European Horizons

2015 New Haven CT USA G

European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association

EISCAT 1975 Kiruna Sweden F y

European Industrial Insulation Foundation

EiiF 2009 Gland Switzerland F ft

European Investment Bank

EIB 1957 Luxembourg Luxembourg F g

European Liberal Youth

LYMEC 1976 Brussels Belgium F

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 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 Construction Companies for Research and Development

ENCORD 1989 D

European Network of Freshwater Research Organisations

EurAqua 1993 Helsinki Finland D

European Network of Social Integration Enterprises

ENSIE 2001 Brussels Belgium F

European Nuclear Society

ENS 1975 Brussels Belgium D

European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

EUMETSAT 1986 Darmstadt Germany E g

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 Switzerland D

European Peacebuilding Liaison Office

EPLO 2002 Brussels Belgium E y

European Plant Science Organization

EPSO 2000 Brussels Belgium D y

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

NERIS 2009 Fontenay-aux-Roses France F

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