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

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

Wikimedia Foundation

2003 San Francisco CA USA N f

WiMAX Forum

2001 Clackamas OR USA E

Wings of Hope

WoH 1962 St Louis MO USA G

Wire Association International

WAI 1930 Madison CT USA G

Wireless Broadband Alliance

WBA 2003 Singapore Singapore C

Wireless Communications Association International

WCAI 1988 Washington DC USA G

Wireless World Research Forum

WWRF Paris France F

Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies

WIPCS 1985 Stevens-Point WI USA G j

WISE Initiative

Doha Qatar G

Women in Aviation International

WIAI 1990 West Alexandria OH USA N

Women in Global Science and Technology Network

WISAT Brighton ON Canada F

Women in Technology International

WITI 1989 Sherman Oaks CA USA N

Women's International Network of Utility Professionals

WINUP 1923 Grove City OH USA N

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva GE Switzerland F f

Women's WorldWide Web

W4 2012 Paris France F


2002 Vienna Austria F v

Wood Technology Club

1993 Taichung Taiwan F

Workarea Art-Ambient

WAAM 1980 Cairo Montenotte GE Italy F

Working Committee of the Malting Industry of the EU

1959 Brussels Belgium E

World Academy of Biomedical Technologies

WABT 1997 Paris France G

World Academy of Research in Science and Engineering


World Agricultural Information Centre

WAICENT 1992 Rome RM Italy K g

World Airlines Clubs Association

WACA 1966 Montréal QC Canada C

World Airport Lawyers Association

WALA 2008 Real Ourense Spain D

World Alliance for Clean Technologies

Lausanne VD Switzerland J

World Alliance for Innovation

WAINOVA 2005 Malaga Malaga Spain C y

World Associates for Biosystem Science and Engineering

WABSE 1999 Changzhou Guangdong China G

World Association for Online Education

WAOE 1998 Osaka Osaka Japan D

World Association for Scientific Research and Technical Innovation

WASRTI 2013 Jaipur Rajasthan India D v

World Association for Transport Animal Welfare and Studies

TAWS 1989 Chertsey UK G y

World Association of Christian Radio Amateurs and Listeners


World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO 1970 St Augustin Germany B y

World Association of Marine Stations

WAMS 2010 Fiskebäckskil Sweden E y

World Association of Membrane Societies

WA-MS 2017 Leuven Belgium C y

World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

WASPaLM 1947 Tokyo Japan B

World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians

WAVLD 1977 Ames IA USA D v

World Aviation MBA Association

WAMBA Hoofddorp Netherlands G

World Bioenergy Association

WBA 2008 Stockholm Sweden C

World Birdstrike Association

WBA 2012 Lisse Netherlands J