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 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 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research

WINIR 2013 Exeter UK F

World Iodine Association

WIA Ternat Belgium D y

World Maritime University

WMU 1983 Malmö Sweden E y

World Meteorological Organization

WMO 1947 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

World Natural Health Organization

WNHO 1983 Burlington WA USA G

World Nuclear Transport Institute

WNTI 1998 London UK E j

World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society

WOCLS 1980 Stamford CT USA N

World Organization of Building Officials

WOBO 1984 Cincinnati OH USA D

World Organization of Dredging Associations

WODA 1967 Delft Netherlands E y

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies

WOCAT 1992 Bern BE Switzerland K

World Paint and Coatings Industry Association

WPCIA 1976 J

World PCO Alliance

Tokyo Japan D

World Plastics Council

WPC 2014 Washington DC USA C y

World Plumbing Council

WPC 1990 F

World Ports Seminar

1982 S c

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

World Renew

1962 Burlington ON Canada G

World Resources Forum Association

WRFA 2012 St Gallen SG Switzerland E y

World Road Association

PIARC 1909 Paris La Défense France B y

World Schools Debating Championships

WSDC 1988 Ascot UK E

World Ship Society

WSS 1947 Mitcham UK F

World Ship Trust

1979 London UK N f

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

World Technopolis Association

WTA 1997 Daejeon Korea Rep C

World Telecommunication Forum


World Telecommunication Policy Forum

WTPF Geneva GE Switzerland S cg

World Trade Organization

WTO 1995 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

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