Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Reduced inequalities

The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty. The most vulnerable nations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states – continue to make inroads into poverty reduction. However, inequality persists and large disparities remain regarding access to health and education services and other assets.

There is growing consensus that economic growth is not sufficient to reduce poverty if it is not inclusive and if it does not involve the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. Fortunately, income inequality has been reduced both between and within countries. At the current time, the per capita income of 60 out of 94 countries with data has risen more rapidly than the national average. There has been some progress regarding creating favorable access conditions for exports from least developing countries as well.

To reduce inequality, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations. There needs to be an increase in duty-free treatment and continuation of favoring exports from developing countries, in addition to increasing the share of developing countries’ vote within the IMF. Finally, innovations in technology can help reduce the cost of transferring money for migrant workers.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network

1990 Des Plaines IL USA N

US-Central American Free Trade Agreement

CAFTA 2004 Washington DC USA T g

USA for Africa

1985 Los Angeles CA USA G

USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

1994 Los Angeles CA USA G fj

UWC Red Cross Nordic

RCNUWC 1995 Flekke Norway G

Validity Foundation

Budapest Hungary E

Value Health Africa

VAHA Bamenda Cameroon G

Variety Clubs International

VCI 1927 Los Angeles CA USA N

Verband Binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften

Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Verband Entwicklungspolitik und Humanitäre Hilfe e.V.

VENRO 1995 Berlin Germany G y


2005 Washington DC USA F

Victim Support Europe

VSE 1989 Brussels Belgium D

Vienna Convention on Succession of States in Respect of State Property, Archives and Debts

1983 T g

Vienna Convention on Succession of States in Respect of Treaties

1978 T g

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or between International Organizations

1986 T g

Vienna Convention on the Representation of States in Their Relations with International Organizations of a Universal Character

1975 T g

Vienna NGO Committee on the Family

1985 Vienna Austria E y

Vier Pfoten International

Vienna Austria F

Virtual Educa

2000 Alcala de Henares Spain F

Vision Outreach International

VOI St Joseph MI USA N

Vital Voices Global Partnership

VVGP 2001 Washington DC USA G

Viva Network

1996 Oxford UK F

Viva Salud

Brussels Belgium G

Voices Without Frontiers

VWF 1996 Montréal QC Canada E

Volk in Nood

VIN Tervuren Belgium N

Volkskerk van Afrika

1921 Knysna South Africa G

Volontari Italiani per la Solidarietà ai Paesi Emergenti

VISPE 1976 Zibido San Giacomo Italy G

Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo

VIS 1986 Rome Italy G

Voluntary Service Overseas

VSO 1958 Kingston upon Thames UK G

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity International

VOSH International 1972 Omaha NE USA G

Volunteer Service Abroad

VSA 1962 Wellington New Zealand G

War on Want

1952 London UK G f

Washington Office on Africa

WOA 1972 Washington DC USA G

Washington Office on Latin America

WOLA 1974 Washington DC USA G

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict

Watchlist 2001 New York NY USA G

Watchman International Network

WIN 1996 Lagos Nigeria G

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

WSUP 2004 London UK G y

Water and Sanitation Programme

WSP Washington DC USA E g

Water for People

WFP 1991 Denver CO USA G

Water Inception

2017 Nyon Switzerland N


1981 London UK F

WATU Acción Indigena

1993 Madrid Spain N


Brussels Belgium N

WE Charity

1995 Toronto ON Canada F

We Effect

1968 Stockholm Sweden G

We Move Europe

WeMove.EU Berlin Germany F

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry F v

Wellspring International Outreach

WIO 2008 N


WFD 1959 Berlin Germany G

West Africa Centre for Peace Foundation

WACPF 2008 Accra Ghana G f