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


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 Madrid Spain F

Virtual Global Taskforce

VGT 2003 Washington DC USA F g

Virtual Physiological Human Institute for Integrative Biomedical Research

VPH Institute 2010 Leuven Belgium D jy

Virtual University of the Adriatic-Ionic Basin

UniAdrion Ancona AN Italy F

Vodafone Group Foundation

Newbury UK G f

Volkswagen Foundation

1961 Hannover Germany G f

Volta River Authority

VRA 1961 Accra Ghana G g

Wagon africain de gestion de nouvelles électroniques

Réseau WAGNE 1991 Yaoundé Cameroon K

WASME International Committee for Technology Promotion and Exchange

Noida Uttar Pradesh India K

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

Wassenaar Arrangement 1996 Vienna Austria F g

Waste Free Oceans


Water Engineers for the Americas

WEFTA 2002 Santa Fe NM USA G

Water Science and Technology Association

WSTA Manama Bahrain D v

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

WSSCC Geneva GE Switzerland D v

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

WEDC 1972 Loughborough UK G

1990 Kansas City MO USA G


2003 Brussels Belgium F y


Ottawa ON Canada G

WAVE Trust - Worldwide Alternatives to Violence

1996 Croydon UK 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 Gunma Japan F

Web Science Trust

WST Southampton UK F

Web3D Consortium

1996 Mountain View CA USA F

Wellspring International Outreach

WIO 2008 N

WePROTECT Global Alliance


West Africa Road Transport Union

WARTU 1989 Lagos Lagos Nigeria D

West Africa Society of Agricultural Engineering

WASAE 2001 J

West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Association

WATRA Abuja Federal Capital Territory Nigeria D

West African Association of Food Science and Technology

WAAFoST 2008 Guelph ON Canada D

West African Industrial Forum

S c

West African Postal Conference

WAPCO 2012 Abuja Federal Capital Territory Nigeria D

West African Research and Innovation Management Association

WARIMA 2007 Ibadan Oyo Nigeria D

West African Road Safety Organisation

WARSO 2008 D

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West European Fish Technologists Association

WEFTA 1970 Ijmuiden Netherlands D

West Indies Central Sugar Cane Breeding Station

CBS 1962 St George St George Barbados E

West-East Bridges Foundation

2011 Amsterdam Netherlands F f

West-Nordic Foundation

1987 Reykjavik Iceland F fg

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Bridgetown St Michael Barbados E g

Western Dredging Association

WEDA 1978 Bonsall CA USA E

Wheat Initiative

2001 Paris France E

Whirly-Girls - International Women Helicopter Pilots

1955 Pinehurst NC USA N v

Wi-Fi Alliance

1999 Austin TX USA C


2007 Melbourne VIC Australia F