Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Quality Education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

Over 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Additionally, even the children who are attending schools are lacking basic skills in reading and math. In the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrollment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

The reasons for lack of quality education are due to lack of adequately trained teachers, poor conditions of schools and equity issues related to opportunities provided to rural children. For quality education to be provided to the children of impoverished families, investment is needed in educational scholarships, teacher training workshops, school building and improvement of water and electricity access to schools.

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

World Buddhist University

2000 Bangkok Thailand G

World Business Academy

1986 Santa Barbara CA USA F

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Cancer Research Fund International

WCRF 1990 London UK G f Funds, Funds

World Catholic Association for Communication

SIGNIS 2001 Brussels Belgium B y International Federations, Professional Bodies

World Centre for Peace, Freedom and Human Rights

1990 Verdun France G Human Rights Organizations

World Certification Institute

WCI 1999 C v Institutes

World Children's Relief and Volunteer Organization

WCR 2002 Prescott AZ USA N

World Cities World Class University Network

WC2 University Network 2010 London UK F

World Citizen Foundation

New York NY USA G f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

World Climate Research Programme

WCRP 1979 Geneva Switzerland F

World College of Aesthetic and Antiageing Medicine

WOCAAM 2006 Paris France G

World Committee for Lifelong Learning

Paris France J

World Committee of Maritime Culture Institutes

WCMCI 2010 Busan Korea Rep D y International Federations

World Community Development Education Society

WCDES Courtenay BC Canada G

World Complexity Science Academy

WCSA 2009 Bologna Italy G

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F Humanitarian Organizations

World Confederation of Education

1989 Buenos Aires Argentina D y International Federations

World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions

WOCATI 1989 Thessaloniki Greece F y International Federations

World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy

1999 Rome Italy B

World Conference on Computers in Education

WCCE 1970 S c Conference Series

World Conference on Research Integrity

WCRI 2007 S c Conference Series

World Conference on Transport Research Society

WCTRS 1986 Leeds UK F cv Conference Series

World Congress of Chiropractic Students

WCCS 1980 Toronto ON Canada C cy Conference Series, International Federations

World Congress of Free Ukrainians

WCFU 1967 Toronto ON Canada F

World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists

WCMP 2008 Oak Brook IL USA C

World Congress of Tatars

BTK Kazan Russia F

World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth

WCFLCR S c Conference Series, Human Rights Organizations

World Continuing Education Alliance

WCEA 2010 Welwyn Garden City UK G

World Council for Curriculum and Instruction

WCCI 1970 San Diego CA USA B y International Federations

World Council for Psychotherapy

WCP 1995 Vienna Austria B Human Rights Organizations

World Council for Regular and Distance Education

WCRDE 2012 Lucknow India E y International Federations

World Council of Arameans - Syriacs

WCA 1983 Hengelo Netherlands E Human Rights Organizations

World Council of Comparative Education Societies

WCCES 1970 Ithaca NY USA C y International Federations

World Council of Elders of the Ancient Traditions and Cultures


World Council of Independent Christian Churches

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

World Council of Jain Academies

WCJA 1999 London UK E

World Criminal Justice Library Network

WCJLN 1991 Newark NJ USA F y International Federations

World Cultural Association of Jews from Romania

1980 Tel Aviv Israel N

World Cultural Council

1981 Bulle Switzerland F v

World Cultural Tourism Association

WCTA 2000 Gwangju Korea Rep D

World Culture Forum

WCF Delhi India G

World Culture Open

WCO 2003 Seoul Korea Rep J

World Culture Project

1988 Markham ON Canada G

World Cultures Institute

1982 Paris France G

World Economy Research Institute, Warsaw

WERI 1985 Warsaw Poland G j Institutes

World Educate Business Association

WEBA 2002 Locarno Switzerland N

World Education

WE 1951 Boston MA USA G

World Education Fellowship

WEF 1921 London UK F

World Education Forum