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

World Bicycle Relief

2005 Chicago IL USA G

World Buddhist Sangha Council

WBSC 1966 Taipei Taiwan F

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Central Kitchen

WCK Washington DC USA G

World Children's Relief and Volunteer Organization

WCR 2002 Prescott AZ USA N

World Civil Society Conference


World Civil Society Forum

WCSF 2000 Geneva Switzerland E

World Computing Services Industry Congress

London UK S ct

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F

World Congress of Free Ukrainians

WCFU 1967 Toronto ON Canada F

World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists


World Council of Independent Christian Churches

WCICC 1993 New York NY USA F

World Education Services

WES 1974 New York NY USA G

World Engagement Institute

WEI Chicago IL USA G j

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai D t

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg B yt

World Farmers' Organisation

WFO 2011 Rome C

World Federation of Building Service Contractors

WFBSC 1979 Chicago IL C y

World Federation of Democratic Youth

WFDY 1945 Budapest Hungary F

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens A yt

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Food Programme

WFP 1961 Rome F g

World for World Organization

WFWO 2001 Rome G

World Forum on Theology and Liberation

WFTL 2003 Porto Alegre Brazil F

World Free Press Institute

WFPI 1997 San Ramon CA USA G j

World Free Zones Organization

World FZO Dubai 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

World Help

WH 1991 Forest VA USA G

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

World Indigenous Tourism Alliance

WINTA 2012 Porirua C

World Initiative for Orphans

WIO 2004 The Hague Netherlands N

World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance

WITSA 1978 Vienna VA F

World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity

A WISH 1995 Bellingham WA USA G j

World Jewish Relief

WJR 1933 London UK F f

World Kashmir Freedom Movement

WKFM 1990 F

World League for Freedom and Democracy

WLFD 1966 Taipei Taiwan F y

World Libertarian Order

WLO 1983 N v

World Literacy Council

WLC Melbourne VIC Australia G

World Literacy Foundation

2003 F f

World Medical Relief

WMR 1953 Southfield MI USA N

World Memom Organisation

WMO 2002 London E

World Merit

Liverpool UK J

World Missing Children Organization

WMCO Sliedrecht Netherlands N

World Missionary Evangelism

WME 1958 Dallas TX USA F