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

Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research

IAI 1992 Montevideo Uruguay E gj Institutes, IGOs

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 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

International Association of Wind Engineering

IAWE 1975 Shanghai China C y International Federations

International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services

iAWFES 2007 Madison WI USA N

International Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth Initiative

ACRE 2006 Exeter UK F

International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO

IBC 1993 Paris France E v UNESCO Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

International Blue Crescent

IBC 1999 Istanbul Turkey G Humanitarian Organizations

International Book Project

1966 N

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas

ICARDA 1977 Beirut Lebanon E g IGOs

International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies

ICASALS 1966 Lubbock TX USA G

International Center for Climate Governance

ICCG 2009 Venice Italy G

International Centre for Climate Change and Development

ICCCAD Dhaka Bangladesh G

International Centre for Eremology

ICE 1989 Ghent Belgium G

International Centre for Research and Study on Tourism

1996 Aix-en-Provence France N

International Centre for Space Weather Science and Education


International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change

ICWRGC Koblenz Germany E g IGOs

International Centre of Climate and Environmental Sciences

ICCES 1991 Beijing China G

International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage

HIST 2007 Beijing China E g IGOs

International Charter Space and Major Disasters

1999 F IGOs

International Civil Defence Organization

ICDO Geneva Switzerland C gy International Federations, IGOs

International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project


International Climate Change Information Programme

ICCIP Hamburg Germany F y International Federations

International Climate Change Partnership

ICCP 1991 Arlington VA USA G

International Climate Development Institute

ICDI Taipei Taiwan G Institutes

International Climate Initiative

ICI 2008 Berlin Germany G g IGOs

International Climate Science Coalition

ICSC Ottawa ON Canada F

International Commission for the History of Travel and Tourism

ICHTT 2002 Oakland CA USA E

International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution

ICACGP 1957 Bremen Germany E v

International Commission on Atmospheric Electricity

ICAE Gifu Japan E v

International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation

ICCP 1967 E v

International Commission on Dynamical Meteorology

ICDM 1967 Davis CA USA E v

International Commission on History of Meteorology

ICHM 2001 Fairfax VA USA E v

International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage

ICID 1950 Delhi India B