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

Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations

ALLIANCE 1982 Rome RM Italy F y

Alliance pour la Préservation des Forêts

APF Paris France G

Allied Command Operations

ACO 1951 Shape Belgium E g

Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

ARRC 1992 Gloucester UK F g

Alpine Ibex European Specialist Group

GSE-AIESG 1988 Turin TO Italy E

Amazon Watch

1996 Oakland CA USA G

AMDA Multinational Medical Mission

AMMM 1993 Okayama Okayama Japan K

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, 1990

London amendment 1990 T g

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, 1992

Copenhagen amendment 1992 T g

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, 1997

Montreal amendment 1997 T g

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, 1999

Beijing amendment 1999 T g

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 2016

Kigali Amendment 2016 T g

American Red Cross Overseas Association

ARCOA 1949 Sammamish WA USA G

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

ASHRAE 1894 Atlanta GA USA Z

American Society of Travel Advisors

1931 Alexandria VA USA G

Americares Foundation

1982 Stamford CT USA G f

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Auckland New Zealand E

Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

ACE CRC 1991 Hobart TAS Australia G

Antarctic Treaty

1959 Buenos Aires Argentina F g

APEC Climate Center

APCC 2005 Busan Korea Rep G

Appel aide aux enfants victimes de conflits

1969 Paris France G

Appel détresse

1974 La Chapelle-sur-Erdre France N

APT Action on Poverty

1984 Pershore UK G

Arab Centre for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands

ACSAD 1968 Damascus Syrian AR E g

Arab Permanent Committee for Meteorology

Jeddah Saudi Arabia K g

Arab Reform Initiative

ARI 2004 Paris France F y

Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences

AUASS 1998 Sharjah United Arab Emirates D y

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpenländer

ARGE ALP 1972 Innsbruck Austria E

Architects Regional Council Asia

ARCASIA 1979 Singapore Singapore F

Arctic Methane Emergency Group

AMEG J

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

AMAP 1991 Tromsø Norway E gy

Arid Lands Information Network - Eastern Africa

ALIN- East Africa 1988 Nairobi Kenya F v

Arrangement between Certain Member States of the European Space Research Organisation and the European Space Research Organisation Concerning the Execution of a Meteorological Satellite Programme

1972 T g

Artists Project Earth

APE Banbury UK G

ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response

AADMER 2005 T g

ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution

2002 T g

ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management

AHA Centre 2011 Jakarta Indonesia E g

ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Centre

ASMC 1993 Singapore Singapore E

Asia Cloud Computing Association

ACCA 2010 D

Asia Oceania Space Weather Alliance

AOSWA 2010 Tokyo Japan D

Asia Pacific Adaptation Network

APAN 2009 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand F

Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management

A-PAD 2012 Tokyo Japan D

Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team

APCERT 2005 D

Asia Pacific Conference on Disaster Medicine

APCDM 1988 S c

Asia Pacific Disaster Resilience Centre

APDRC 2016 Incheon Korea Rep G

Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network

APEDNN 2007 Jinan Shandong China F v

Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

APF 1996 Sydney NSW Australia F

Asia Pacific Travel Health Society

APTHS 1996 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association

APTRA 2005 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Trails Network

ATN 2014 E

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