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 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


World Education Foundation

WE Foundation Long Beach CA USA F f Foundations

World Education Research Association

WERA 2009 Pretoria South Africa C

World Education Services

WES 1974 New York NY USA G

World Emergency Relief

WER San Dimas CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

World Endometriosis Research Foundation

WERF 2006 London UK G f Foundations

World Environmental Education Congress Network

2003 Turin Italy F 1600003431

World Ethnosport Society

2012 Riga Latvia C

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Federation for Medical Education

WFME 1972 Ferney-Voltaire France C y International Federations

World Federation of Academic Institutions for Global Health

WFAIGH 2013 Legon Ghana C y International Federations

World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education

WFATE 2010 Columbus OH USA C

World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy

WFATT 1997 Winnipeg MB Canada D

World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics

WFCP 2002 Ottawa ON Canada D y International Federations

World Federation of Democratic Youth

WFDY 1945 Budapest Hungary F

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y Professional Bodies, International Federations

World Federation of Free Zones

1999 Geneva Switzerland F

World Federation of Friends of Museums

WFFM 1975 Jerusalem Israel C

World Federation of Industrial Research Associations

W-FIRA 2013 Brussels Belgium C

World Federation of Non-Destructive Evaluation Centers


World Federation of Teachers' Unions

1946 B y Professional Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, Trade and Labour Unions, International Federations

World Federation of the Deaf

WFD 1951 Helsinki Finland B

World Federation of Trade Unions

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

World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations

WFUWO 1948 Etobicoke ON Canada E Human Rights Organizations

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

WFUCA 1981 Hanoi Vietnam E y UNESCO Bodies, Clubs, Human Rights Organizations, International Federations

World Federation of United Nations Associations

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

World Federation of Young Investors

WFYI 2015 Hellerup Denmark J

World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth

WFBY 1972 Bangkok Thailand D

World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth

Syndesmos 1953 Paris France C

World Food Prize Foundation

1986 Des Moines IA USA G f Foundations

World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought

WFPIST Teheran Iran Islamic Rep F

World Forum on Theology and Liberation

WFTL 2003 Porto Alegre Brazil F

World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention

1993 F f Foundations

World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

1971 New York NY USA F f Foundations

World Foundation for Medical Studies in Female Health

WFFH 1955 Port Washington NY USA G f Foundations

World Free Zones Organization

World FZO 2014 Dubai United Arab Emirates C

World Futures Studies Federation

WFSF 1973 Fjellstrand Norway B y International Federations

World Health Academy


World Health Organization

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

World Heritage Centre

WHC 1972 Paris France E g IGOs, UNESCO Bodies

World Heritage Committee

1976 Paris France E g IGOs, UNESCO Bodies

World Heritage Fund

1976 Paris France K fg IGOs, UNESCO Bodies, Funds