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

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

Indigenous World Association

1981 Knoxville TN Canada F Human Rights Organizations

Institut of the Arid Regions, Tunisia

1976 Médenine Tunisia G j Institutes

Institute for Conscious Global Change

ICGC 2007 New York NY USA G Institutes

Institute for Research on World Systems

IROWS 2000 Riverside CA USA G j Institutes

Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change


Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies

INEE 2000 New York NY USA F y International Federations, UNESCO Bodies

Inter-Agency Standing Committee

IASC 1992 Geneva Switzerland E gy United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations, 160000320

Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction

IACNDR 1999 Washington DC USA E g IGOs

Inter-American Convention to Facilitate Disaster Assistance

1991 Washington DC USA T g Treaties, IGOs

Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research

IAI 1992 Montevideo Uruguay E gj Institutes, IGOs

Inter-Parliamentary Union

IPU 1888 Geneva Switzerland B y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

IPCC 1988 Geneva Switzerland E g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

International Academies of Emergency Dispatch

IAED 1988 Salt Lake City UT USA G

International Agri-Food Network

IAFN 1996 F y International Federations

International Air Transport Association

IATA 1945 Geneva Switzerland B y International Federations

International Airlines Travel Agent Network

IATAN Montréal QC Canada G

International Alert

1986 London UK F Human Rights Organizations

International Alliance of Women

IAW 1902 Lagos Nigeria B Human Rights Organizations

International Arid Lands Consortium

IALC 1989 Tucson AZ USA G

International Association for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention

IASP 1960 Washington DC USA C y International Federations

International Association for Travel Behaviour Research

IATBR 1970 Bangalore India D

International Association for Urban Climate

IAUC 2000 Dublin Ireland D

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators

IAATO 1991 Kingston RI USA D

International Association of Broadcast Meteorology

IABM 1994 New Milton UK C

International Association of Cryospheric Sciences

IACS 2007 Wellington New Zealand D

International Association of Emergency Managers

IAEM 1952 Falls Church VA USA G

International Association of EMTs and Paramedics


International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy

IAGA 1919 Paris France B

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers

HFIAW 1903 Lanham MD USA G Trade and Labour Unions

International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences

IAMAS 1919 Ibaraki Japan B

International Association of Reservation Executives

IARE 1985 Omaha NE USA N