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

World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO 1970 St Augustin B yt

World Association of Marine Stations

WAMS 2010 Fiskebäckskil Sweden E y

World Association of Membrane Societies

WA-MS 2017 Leuven C y

World Association of Public Employment Services

WAPES 1989 Brussels Belgium C

World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

WASPaLM 1947 Tokyo B

World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians

WAVLD 1977 Ames IA USA D v

World Aviation MBA Association

WAMBA Hoofddorp Netherlands G

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Bioenergy Association

WBA 2008 Stockholm Sweden C

World Birdstrike Association

WBA 2012 Bremen Germany C

World Blind Union

WBU 1984 Toronto ON B y

World Broadband Foundation

2010 North York ON Canada N f

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Catholic Association for Communication

SIGNIS 2001 Brussels B y

World Certification Institute

WCI 2000 C v

World Chambers Federation

WCF 1950 Paris France E

World Chemical Engineering Council

WCEC 2001 Frankfurt-Main D y

World Class Soaring Association

WCSA Knoxville TN USA G

World Climate Foundation

WCF Copenhagen J

World Coffee Alliance

WCA London J y

World Commerce and Contracting

WorldCC 1999 Ridgefield CT C

World Committee of Maritime Culture Institutes

WCMCI 2010 Busan Korea Rep D y

World Computing Services Industry Congress

London UK S ct

World Confederation of Businesses

WORLDCOB 2004 Houston TX G

World Conference Mass Customization, Personalization & Co-Creation

MCPC 2001 S c

World Conference on Timber Engineering


World Conference on Transport Research Society

WCTRS 1986 Leeds F cv

World Congress Alternatives and Environment

1979 Vienna Austria S cv

World Congress of Chemical Engineering


World Congress on Controversies, Debates and Consensus in Bone, Muscle and Joint Diseases


World Council for Automobile Mobility and Tourism

Paris France K

World Council for Renewable Energy

WCRE 2001 Dessau Germany C

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y

World Council of Power Utilities

WCPU 1995 Delhi India D

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Energy & Meteorology Council

WEMC 2015 Norwich C

World Entertainment Technology Federation

World-ETF 1995 Langenhagen Germany D

World Equine Airway Symposium

S c

World Esports Consortium

WESCO 2016 Sao Paulo Brazil B y

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn G

World Faiths Development Dialogue

WFDD 1998 Washington DC USA G

World Family of Radio Maria

WF 1998 Casciago Italy F

World Farmers' Organisation

WFO 2011 Rome C

World Federation of Chinese Catering Industry

WFCCI 1991 Beijing China D t

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

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 Technical Assessment Organizations

WFTAO 1996 Copenhagen Denmark D

World Federation of Technology Organizations

WFTO 1995 Surrey BC Canada C