Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

No Poverty

While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions are still living with their families on less than the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount. Significant progress has been made in many countries within Eastern and Southeastern Asia, but up to 42% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to live below the poverty line.

Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making.

Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality. Social protection systems need to be implemented to help alleviate the suffering of disaster-prone countries and provide support in the face of great economic risks. These systems will help strengthen responses by afflicted populations to unexpected economic losses during disasters and will eventually help to end extreme poverty in the most impoverished areas.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II Type III

World League for Freedom and Democracy

WLFD 1966 Taipei Taiwan F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

World Libertarian Order

WLO 1983 N v

World Literacy Council

WLC Melbourne Australia G

World Literacy Foundation

2003 F f Foundations

World Medical Relief

WMR 1953 Southfield MI USA N

World Merit

Liverpool UK G

World Missing Children Organization

WMCO Sliedrecht Netherlands N

World Missionary Evangelism

WME 1958 Dallas TX USA F

World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments

UCLG 2004 Barcelona Spain B

World Peace Service

1959 Berlin Germany G Human Rights Organizations

World Pensions Council

WPC J Institutes

World Pharmacists

1997 Athens Greece G v Humanitarian Organizations

World Philanthropists Organization

Hampton UK N

World Press Freedom Committee

WPFC 1976 New York NY USA E y International Federations

World Relief

1944 Baltimore MD USA G

World Relief Canada

WRCanada 1944 Markham ON Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

World Relief Refugee Services

WRRS Baltimore MD USA G Humanitarian Organizations

World Renew

1962 Burlington ON Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

World Service Authority

WSA 1954 Washington DC USA K

World Services for the Blind

WSB 1947 Little Rock AR USA G

World Services Group

WSG Houston TX USA C


1946 Doncaster UK G

World Spine Care

WSC 2008 Toronto ON Canada C

World Unitors Organization

WUO Abomey-Calavi Benin J

World University Service

WUS 1920 Wiesbaden Germany B

World Urban Campaign

WUC Nairobi Kenya E

World Villages for Children

1964 London UK N

World Welfare Association

WWA 1991 Mananwala Pakistan G

World Wings International

WWI 1959 New York NY USA G

World Youth Service and Enterprise

WYSE 1988 London UK G

WorldFish Center

1975 Bayan Lepas Malaysia E


2004 Amsterdam Netherlands G


Seoul Korea Rep G

Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support

WINGS 1998 Sao Paulo Brazil F y International Federations

Worldwide Orphans Foundation

WWO 1997 Maplewood NJ USA N f Foundations

Worldwide Veterinary Service

WVS 2002 Cranborne UK G

WOTRO Science for Global Development

1964 The Hague Netherlands G f Foundations


Richmond Australia G

YourStory International

YSI Centerville MA USA N

Youth and European Social Work

YES Forum 2002 Stuttgart Germany F

Youth Express Network

YEN 1991 Strasbourg France F

Youth for Technology Foundation

YTF 2000 Louisville KY USA G f

Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action

YUVA 1984 Mumbai India G

Youth of the Third World

1988 Madrid Spain G

Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation

1992 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates G f Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

Zoï Environment Network

Geneva Switzerland G