Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

No Poverty


Eradicating extreme poverty for all people everywhere by 2030 is a pivotal goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Extreme poverty, defined as surviving on less than $2.15 per person per day at 2017 purchasing power parity, has witnessed remarkable declines over recent decades.

However, the emergence of COVID-19 marked a turning point, reversing these gains as the number of individuals living in extreme poverty increased for the first time in a generation by almost 90 million over previous predictions.

Even prior to the pandemic, the momentum of poverty reduction was slowing down. By the end of 2022, nowcasting suggested that 8.4 per cent of the world’s population, or as many as 670 million people, could still be living in extreme poverty. This setback effectively erased approximately three years of progress in poverty alleviation.

If current patterns persist, an estimated 7% of the global population – around 575 million people – could still find themselves trapped in extreme poverty by 2030, with a significant concentration in sub-Saharan Africa.

A shocking revelation is the resurgence of hunger levels to those last observed in 2005. Equally concerning is the persistent increase in food prices across a larger number of countries compared to the period from 2015 to 2019. This dual challenge of poverty and food security poses a critical global concern.

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

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

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

WOCSOC S c

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

WCMP Oak Brook IL USA C

World Council of Independent Christian Churches

WCICC 1993 New York NY USA F

World Development Foundation

WDF New York NY USA J f

World Economy, Ecology and Development

WEED 1990 Berlin Germany G

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 Germany G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai Paraguay D t

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands B yt

World Farmers' Organisation

WFO 2011 Rome Italy C

World Federation of Building Service Contractors

WFBSC 1979 Chicago IL USA C y

World Federation of Democratic Youth

WFDY 1945 Budapest Hungary F

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens Greece A yt

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Food Programme

WFP 1961 Rome Italy F g

World for World Organization

WFWO 2001 Rome Italy 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 2014 Dubai United Arab Emirates C

World Glacier Monitoring Service

WGMS 1967 Zurich Switzerland F

World Harvest

1989 Monrovia CA USA G

World Health Innovation Summit

WHIS Carlisle UK J

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 New Zealand C

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY USA F

World Initiative for Orphans

WIO 2004 The Hague Netherlands N

World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance

WITSA 1978 Vienna VA USA F

World Inspiring Network

WIN 2016 Accra Ghana G

World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity

A WISH 1995 Bellingham WA USA G j

World Jewish Relief

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

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