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 Type III

World Habitat

1976 Coalville UK G f Foundations

World Health Organization

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

World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization

WCCO 2009 Yangzhou China C y International Federations

World Hovercraft Federation

WHF 1994 Remanzacco Italy D

World Industry Network

WIN 2003 Amsterdam Netherlands E

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY USA F Humanitarian Organizations

World Institute for Engineering and Technology Education

WIETE Melbourne Australia C j Institutes

World Insulation and Acoustics Congress Organization


World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO 1967 Geneva Switzerland B g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

World Iodine Association

WIA Ternat Belgium D y International Federations

World Maritime University

WMU 1983 Malmö Sweden E y International Federations

World Meteorological Organization

WMO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

World Natural Health Organization

WNHO 1983 Burlington WA USA G

World Nuclear Transport Institute

WNTI 1998 London UK E j Institutes

World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society

WOCLS 1980 Stamford CT USA N

World Organization of Building Officials

WOBO 1984 Amman Jordan D

World Organization of Dredging Associations

WODA 1967 Delft Netherlands E y International Federations

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies

WOCAT 1992 Bern Switzerland K

World Paint and Coatings Industry Association

WPCIA 1976 J

World PCO Alliance

Tokyo Japan D Professional Bodies

World Plumbing Council

WPC 1990 F

World Ports Seminar

1982 S c Conference Series

World Puja

1998 Yalaha FL USA N

World Reference Laboratory for Foot and Mouth Diseases

WRLFMD 1958 Pirbright UK G

World Relief Refugee Services

WRRS Baltimore MD USA G Humanitarian Organizations

World Renew

1962 Burlington ON Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

World Road Association

PIARC 1909 Paris La Défense France B y International Federations

World Schools Debating Championships

WSDC 1988 Ascot UK E

World Self-Medication Industry

WSMI 1970 Nyon Switzerland B y International Federations

World Ship Society

WSS 1947 Mitcham UK F

World Ship Trust

1979 London UK N f Foundations

World Smart Capital Initiative


World Society for Transport and Land Use Research

WSTLUR Montréal QC Canada C

World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies

WSSET Nottingham UK C

World Steel Association

worldsteel 1967 Brussels Belgium C Institutes

World Technopolis Association

WTA 1997 Daejeon Korea Rep C

World Telecommunication Forum

TELECOM S gc Conference Series, IGOs

World Telecommunication Policy Forum

WTPF Geneva Switzerland S gc Conference Series, IGOs

World Trade Organization

WTO 1995 Geneva Switzerland B g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

World Transporter Bridges Association

2003 Osten Germany D

World Union Saint Gabriel

1953 Teplicka nad Vahom Slovakia F

World Universities Debating Council

WUDC 1981 E

World War I Aeroplanes

1961 Red Hook NY USA N

World Waterpark Association

WWA 1980 Overland Park KS USA G

World Wide Web Consortium

W3C 1994 Cambridge MA USA E

World Wide Web Foundation

Washington DC USA F f Foundations

World Wind Energy Association

WWEA 2001 Bonn Germany C y International Federations

World Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs Association

WWIEA 2008 Seoul Korea Rep C


London UK E y International Federations

Worldwide Airline Customer Relations Association

WACRA 1969 Vallejo CA USA D