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

World Academy of Art and Science

WAAS 1960 Puducherry India B v

World Accord

1980 Waterloo ON Canada G

World Agroforestry Centre

ICRAF 1977 Nairobi Kenya E

World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty

WACAP 1997 New York NY USA F

World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples

WAMIP Ahmedabad India J

World Animal Protection

1981 London UK B

World Anti-Bullying Forum

WABF 1997 Umeå Sweden D

World Armenian Congress

WAC S c

World Association for Cooperative Education

WACE 1983 Lowell MA USA F

World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation

WAPR 1986 Bangalore B

World Association for Sexual Health

WAS 1978 Minneapolis MN USA B y

World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO 1970 St Augustin B yt

World Association of Judges

WAJ 1966 E v

World Bank - Civil Society Joint Facilitation Committee

JFC 2005 E y

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Business Angels Investment Forum

WBAF F

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Central Kitchen

WCK Washington DC USA G

World Civil Society Conference

WOCSOC S c

World Civil Society Forum

WCSF 2000 Geneva Switzerland E

World Conference on Constitutional Justice

WCCJ 2009 Strasbourg E cg

World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth

WCFLCR S c

World Connect

2005 New York NY USA G

World Council for Curriculum and Instruction

WCCI 1970 San Diego CA USA B y

World Council of Arameans - Syriacs

WCA 1983 Hengelo Netherlands E

World Council of Hellenes Abroad

World SAE 1995 Thessaloniki Greece D

World Council of Peoples for the United Nations

WCPUN New York NY USA G

World Court of Justice

2001 Birmingham UK N

World Criminal Justice Library Network

WCJLN 1991 Newark NJ USA F y

World Digital Solidarity Agency

DSA 2006 Lyon France D

World Engagement Institute

WEI Chicago IL USA G j

World Ethnosport Society

2012 Riga Latvia C

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai Paraguay D t

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands B ty

World Fair Trade Organization - Africa

Nairobi Kenya E t

World Fair Trade Organization, Asia

WFTO-Asia Chiang Mai D t

World Federation of Democratic Youth

WFDY 1945 Budapest Hungary F

World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women

WFM and UCW 1939 New Plymouth New Zealand B

World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Associations

World OKTA 1981 Goyang Korea Rep D t

World Federation of People Management Associations

WFPMA 1976 Alexandria VA USA C y

World Federation of Right to Die Societies

WFRtDS 1980 Amsterdam C

World Federation of the Deaf

WFD 1951 Helsinki Finland B

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens Greece A ty

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World for World Organization

WFWO 2001 Rome G

World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fishworkers

WFF 1997 Kampala Uganda F

World Free Press Institute

WFPI 1997 San Ramon CA USA G j

World Future Council Foundation

WFC 2007 Hamburg Germany F f

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

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