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 Blind Union

WBU 1984 Toronto ON Canada B y

World Broadband Foundation

2010 North York ON Canada N f

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva GE Switzerland C

World Catholic Association for Communication

SIGNIS 2001 Brussels Belgium B y

World Certification Institute

WCI 200 C v

World Chambers Federation

WCF 1950 Paris France E

World Chemical Engineering Council

WCEC 2001 Frankfurt-Main Germany D y

World Class Soaring Association

WCSA Knoxville TN USA G

World Committee of Maritime Culture Institutes

WCMCI 2010 Busan Korea Rep D y

World Computing Services Industry Congress

London UK S c

World Conference on Timber Engineering


World Conference on Transport Research Society

WCTRS 1986 Leeds UK F cv

World Congress Alternatives and Environment

1979 Vienna Austria S cv

World Congress on Chemical Engineering

WCCE Seoul Korea Rep S c

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 Madrid Spain C y

World Council of Nuclear Workers

WONUC 1997 D

World Council of Power Utilities

WCPU 1995 Delhi Delhi India D

World Entertainment Technology Federation

World-ETF 1995 Langenhagen Germany D

World Equine Airway Symposium

S c

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Faiths Development Dialogue

WFDD 1998 Washington DC USA G

World Family of Radio Maria

WF 1998 Casciago MB Italy F

World Federation of Chinese Catering Industry

WFCCI 1991 Beijing Beijing China D

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of Industrial Research Associations

W-FIRA 2013 Brussels Belgium C

World Federation of Non-Destructive Evaluation Centers


World Federation of Technical Assessment Organizations

WFTAO 1996 Copenhagen Denmark D

World Federation of Technology Organizations

WFTO 1995 Surrey BC Canada C

World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry

WFSGI 1978 Itingen BE Switzerland C

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Fintech Association

2016 Seoul Korea Rep E

World Food Programme

WFP 1961 Rome RM Italy F g

World Forum for Alternatives

WFA 1997 Dakar Senegal F y

World Forum on Community Networking

WFCN 2001 Montréal QC Canada G

World Geospatial Industry Council

GWIC 2018 Amersfoort Netherlands C

World Green Building Council

WorldGBC 1999 Toronto ON Canada E

World Green Infrastructure Network

WGIN 2008 Toronto ON Canada F

World Habitat

1976 Coalville UK G f

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization

WCCO 2009 Yangzhou Jiangsu China C y

World Hovercraft Federation

WHF Remanzacco UD Italy D

World Industry Network

WIN 2003 Amsterdam Netherlands E

World Institute for Engineering and Technology Education

WIETE Melbourne VIC Australia C j

World Insulation and Acoustics Congress Organization


World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO 1967 B g

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research

WINIR 2013 Exeter UK F

World Iodine Association

WIA Ternat Belgium D y