Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Industries, Innovation & Infrastructure

Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure

Manufacturing is an important driver of economic development and employment. At the current time, however, manufacturing value added per capita is only US$100 in the least developed countries compared to over US$4,500 in Europe and Northern America. Another important factor to consider is the emission of Carbon Dioxide during manufacturing processes. Emissions have decreased over the past decade in many countries but the pace of decline has not been even around the world.

Technological progress is the foundation of efforts to achieve environmental objectives, such as increased resource and energy-efficiency. Without technology and innovation, industrialization will not happen, and without industrialization, development will not happen. There needs to be more investments in high-tech products that dominate the manufacturing productions to increase efficiency and a focus on mobile cellular services that increase connections between people.

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

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

Utility Communicators International

1921 Sandy Springs GA USA N

Utility Economic Development Association

UEDA Larchmont NY USA G

Vaccines Europe

VE 1991 Brussels E

Veille européenne et citoyenne sur les autoroutes de l'information et le multimédia

VECAM 1995 Paris France G

Venice Regional Seapower Symposium for the Navies of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries

Venice RSS 1996 S c

Venue Management Association - Asia and Pacific

VMA 1992 Gold Coast QLD Australia G


2005 Washington DC USA F

Vertical Flight Society

VFS 1943 Fairfax VA USA N

VGB PowerTech

VGB 1920 Essen Germany D

Viatores Christi - Travellers for Christ

1960 Dublin Ireland N

Vienna Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks

Vienna Agreement 1973 T g

Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation

VIDC 1987 Vienna Austria G jv

Vienna International Science Conferences and Events Association

VISCEA 2006 Vienna Austria E

Village Monde

2010 Québec QC G


Brussels Belgium F y

Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network

VATSIM 2001 F v

Virtual Biosecurity Centre

VBC 2011 Washington DC USA J y

Virtual Educa

2000 Alcala de Henares Spain F

Virtual Global Taskforce

VGT 2003 Washington DC USA F g

Virtual Physiological Human Institute for Integrative Biomedical Research

VPH Institute 2010 Leuven D jy

Virtual Reality Industry Forum

VRIF Fremont CA USA F t

Virtual University of the Adriatic-Ionic Basin

UniAdrion Ancona Italy F

Vodafone Group Foundation

Newbury UK G f

Volkswagen Foundation

1961 Hannover G f

Volta River Authority

VRA 1961 Accra Ghana G g

Wagon africain de gestion de nouvelles électroniques

Réseau WAGNE 1991 Yaoundé Cameroon K

Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies

Wassenaar Arrangement 1996 Vienna F g

Waste Free Oceans

WFO Brussels Belgium F

Water Engineers for the Americas

WEFTA 2002 Santa Fe NM USA G

Water Europe

WE 2004 Brussels E y

Water Science and Technology Association

WSTA Manama Bahrain D v

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

WEDC 1972 Loughborough UK G


2003 Brussels Belgium F y


Ottawa ON Canada G

WAVE Trust - Worldwide Alternatives to Violence

1996 Croydon G

Wayfarer International Committee

WIC 1972 Oakville ON Canada E

Web alliance for Regreening in Africa

W4RA Amsterdam Netherlands G

Web Art Garden International

WAG International Bridport UK N

Web Information Systems Engineering Society

WISE Society Melbourne VIC Australia E c

Web Intelligence Consortium

WIC Maebashi Japan F

Web Science Trust

WST Southampton UK F

Web3D Consortium

1996 Mountain View CA USA F

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry F v

Wellspring International Outreach

WIO 2008 N

WePROTECT Global Alliance

2012 Lisse Netherlands B

West Africa Road Transport Union

WARTU 1989 Lagos Nigeria D

West Africa Society of Agricultural Engineering

WASAE 2001 J

West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Association

WATRA Abuja Nigeria D

West African Association of Food Science and Technology

WAAFoST 2008 Guelph ON Canada D