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 Type III

Verband Binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften

Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Victim Support Europe

VSE 1989 Brussels Belgium D Human Rights Organizations

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

1983 T g Treaties, IGOs

Vienna Convention on Succession of States in Respect of Treaties

1978 T g Treaties, IGOs

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

1986 T g Treaties, IGOs

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

1975 T g Treaties, IGOs

Vienna NGO Committee on the Family

1985 St Pölten Austria E y International Federations

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund

VGIF 1969 New York NY USA F f Funds, Human Rights Organizations

Virtual Educa

2000 Alcala de Henares Spain F

VISION 2020 - The Right to Sight

1999 London UK F y WHO Bodies, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Vision Aid Overseas

VAO 1985 Crawley UK G Humanitarian Organizations

Vision GRAM-International

1996 Ottawa ON Canada G Human Rights Organizations

Vision Outreach International

VOI St Joseph MI USA N

Vital Voices Global Partnership

VVGP 2001 Washington DC USA G Human Rights Organizations

Viva Network

1996 Oxford UK F

Viva Salud

Brussels Belgium G

VIVAT International

2000 New York NY USA E Human Rights Organizations

Voices Without Frontiers

VWF 1996 Montréal QC Canada E Human Rights Organizations

Voluntary Service Overseas

VSO 1958 Kingston upon Thames UK G

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity International

VOSH International 1972 Lake Mary FL USA G

Volunteer Service Abroad

VSA 1962 Wellington New Zealand G

Waging Peace

2004 London UK G Human Rights Organizations


1989 Lomé Togo E Human Rights Organizations

War on Want

1952 London UK G f Funds

Washington Office on Africa

WOA 1972 Washington DC USA G

Washington Office on Latin America

WOLA 1974 Washington DC USA G Human Rights Organizations

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict

Watchlist 2001 New York NY USA G

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

WSUP 2004 London UK G y International Federations

Water and Sanitation Programme

WSP Washington DC USA E g IGOs

Water for All Children - Africa

Cotonou Benin N

Water for People

WFP 1991 Denver CO USA G

Water Inception

2017 Nyon Switzerland N

Water Solidarity Network

1984 Paris France F


1981 London UK F Humanitarian Organizations

WATU Acción Indigena

1993 Madrid Spain N Human Rights Organizations



WE Charity

1995 Toronto ON Canada F

We Effect

1968 Stockholm Sweden G Human Rights Organizations

We in the World Network

2006 Madrid Spain F

West Africa Civil Society Forum


West Africa Civil Society Institute

WACSI Accra Ghana G j Institutes

West African Institute for Legal Aid

WAILA 2013 Bakau Gambia G j Institutes

West African Network for Human Rights Defenders

WAHRDN 2005 Lomé Togo D Human Rights Organizations

West and Central Africa Human Rights Training Institute

WACAHRI 2004 E j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

West India Committee

WIC 1735 London UK F v

Whole Child International

2004 Santa Monica CA USA G


1985 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Widows Rights International

WRI 1996 G Human Rights Organizations


2007 Melbourne Australia F Human Rights Organizations

Wildlife Justice Commission

WJC 2015 The Hague Netherlands C