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

World Education Research Association

WERA 2009 Bilbao C

World Education Services

WES 1974 New York NY USA G

World Emergency Relief

WER 1985 San Dimas CA USA G

World Endometriosis Research Foundation

WERF 2006 London UK G f

World Energy & Meteorology Council

WEMC 2015 Norwich C

World Environmental Education Congress Network

2003 Turin Italy F

World Esports Consortium

WESCO 2016 Sao Paulo B y

World Ethnosport Society

2012 Riga C

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn G

World Farmers' Organisation

WFO 2011 Rome C

World Federation for Animals


World Federation for Coral Reef Conservation

WFCRC 2008 Houston TX G

World Federation for Medical Education

WFME 1972 Ferney-Voltaire France C y

World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education

WFATE 2010 Columbus OH 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

World Federation of Democratic Youth

WFDY 1945 Budapest Hungary F

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of Friends of Museums

WFFM 1975 Brussels C

World Federation of Industrial Research Associations

W-FIRA 2013 Brussels Belgium C t

World Federation of Non-Destructive Evaluation Centers


World Federation of Science Journalists

WFSJ 2002 Montréal QC D y

World Federation of the Deaf

WFD 1951 Helsinki B

World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

WFTGA 1985 Vienna C

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens A yt

World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations

WFUWO 1948 Etobicoke ON Canada E

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

WFUCA 1981 Hanoi Vietnam E y

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

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

World for World Organization

WFWO 2001 Rome G

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

World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

1971 New York NY USA F f

World Foundation for Medical Studies in Female Health

WFFH 1955 Port Washington NY USA G f

World Free Zones Organization

World FZO Dubai C

World Futures Studies Federation

WFSF 1973 Fjellstrand B y

World Haiku Association

WHA 1999 Saitama C v

World Hatha Yog Federation

2019 Dantan India D

World Health Academy


World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Heritage Centre

WHC 1972 Paris France E g

World Heritage Committee

1976 Paris France E g

World Heritage Fund

1976 Paris France K fg

World Heritage Information Network

WHIN Paris France K

World Heritage Institute of Training and Research - Asia and Pacific

WHITRAP 2007 Shanghai China G gj

World Heritage Watch

WHW 2014 Berlin G y