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 Civil Society Forum

WCSF 2000 Geneva Switzerland E United Nations Bodies

World Computing Services Industry Congress

London UK S c Conference Series

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F Humanitarian Organizations

World Congress of Free Ukrainians

WCFU 1967 Toronto ON Canada F

World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists

WCMP 2008 Oak Brook IL USA C

World Council of Independent Christian Churches

WCICC 1993 Charleston SC USA F Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

World Education Services

WES 1974 New York NY USA G

World Emergency Relief

WER San Dimas CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

World Engagement Institute

WEI Chicago IL USA G j Institutes

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands B y International Federations

World Federation of Building Service Contractors

WFBSC 1979 Chicago IL USA C y International Federations

World Federation of Democratic Youth

WFDY 1945 Budapest Hungary F

World Federation of Free Zones

1999 Geneva Switzerland F

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens Greece A y International Federations, Trade and Labour Unions, Human Rights Organizations

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

World Food Programme

WFP 1961 Rome Italy F g United Nations Bodies, FAO Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

World Forum on Theology and Liberation

WFTL 2003 Porto Alegre Brazil F

World Free Press Institute

WFPI 1997 San Ramon CA USA G j Institutes

World Free Zones Organization

World FZO 2014 Dubai United Arab Emirates C

World Glacier Monitoring Service

WGMS 1967 Zurich Switzerland F

World Harvest

1989 Monrovia CA USA G

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g WHO Bodies, United Nations Bodies, IGOs

World Help

WH 1991 Forest VA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

World Horse Welfare

1927 Snetterton UK G

World Hunger Education Service

WHES 1976 Washington DC USA G

World Hunger Year

WHY 1975 New York NY USA G

World in Need

WIN International Associates 1991 Crowborough UK G Humanitarian Organizations

World Information Technology and Services Alliance

WITSA 1978 Vienna VA USA F

World Initiative for Orphans

WIO 2004 The Hague Netherlands N

World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity

A WISH Bellingham WA USA G j Institutes

World Jewish Relief

WJR 1933 London UK F f Humanitarian Organizations, Funds

World Kashmir Freedom Movement

WKFM 1990 F Human Rights Organizations

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 Refugee Services

WRRS Baltimore MD USA G Humanitarian Organizations

World Renew

1962 Burlington ON Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

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