Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions


The threats of international homicide, violence against children, human trafficking and sexual violence are important to address to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. They pave the way for the provision of access to justice for all and for building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

While homicide and trafficking cases have seen significant progress over the past decade, there are still thousands of people at greater risk of intentional murder within Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and around Asia. Children’s rights violations through aggression and sexual violence continue to plague many countries around the world, especially as under-reporting and lack of data aggravate the problem.

To tackle these challenges and build a more peaceful, inclusive societies, there needs to be more efficient and transparent regulations put in place and comprehensive, realistic government budgets. One of the first steps towards protecting individual rights is the implementation of worldwide birth registration and the creation of more independent national human rights institutions around the world.

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

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi India E g UNESCO Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science

Dundee UK G UNESCO Bodies

UNESCO Centre for Women and Peace in the Balkan Countries

Thessaloniki Greece E g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

1978 Caracas Venezuela E gj UNESCO Bodies, Institutes, IGOs

UNESCO International Research Network on Educational Resources

1992 Braunschweig Germany G UNESCO Bodies

UNESCO Network of Associated Libraries

UNAL 1990 Paris France F y UNESCO Bodies, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

UNESCO Office for the Pacific States

1984 Apia Samoa E g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

UNESCO Regional Unit for Social and Human Sciences for the Asia-Pacific Region

RUSHSAP 1974 Bangkok Thailand E g UNESCO Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

UNESCO Staff Union

STU 1947 Paris France E v UNESCO Bodies, Trade and Labour Unions, Staff Associations

UNESCO-Hebrew University of Jerusalem International School for Molecular Biology and Microbiology and Science for Peace

UNESCO-HUJ ISMBM 1995 Jerusalem Israel G UNESCO Bodies

UNFCU Foundation

2015 New York NY USA N f United Nations Bodies, Foundations

UNHCR Staff Council

Geneva Switzerland E Human Rights Organizations, Staff Associations

UNIDROIT Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment

Cape Town convention 2001 Rome Italy T g Treaties, IGOs

UNIDROIT Convention on Substantive Rules for Intermediated Securities

Geneva Securities Convention 2009 Rome Italy T g Treaties, IGOs

Unification of the Central American Consular Services at Geneva, Bremen, Vigo, Le Havre and Liverpool

1913 T g Treaties, IGOs

Uniform Rules on Contract Clauses for an Agreed Sum Due Upon Failure of Performance

1983 Vienna Austria T g Treaties, IGOs

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA

1984 Sydney Australia G Humanitarian Organizations

Unión de Parlamentarios Sudamericanos y del MERCOSUR

UPSM 1999 Buenos Aires Argentina D g IGOs

Union des français de l'étranger

UFE 1927 Paris France N

Union for the International Patent Classification

IPC Union 1975 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

Union for the International Registration of Audiovisual Works

1991 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

Union for the International Registration of Marks

Madrid Union 1892 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

Union for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration

Lisbon Union 1958 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

Union francophone des belges à l'étranger

UFBE 1967 Brussels Belgium N

Union internationale des jeunes écrivains et artistes pour la paix, l'amour et la justice

UNIJEAPAJ 2004 Yaoundé Cameroon G

Unión Latina de Economia Politica de la Información, la Comunicación ya la Cultura

ULEPICC 2002 Seville Spain D

Union of Arab Constitutional Courts and Councils

UACCC 1997 Cairo Egypt D

Union of Arab Jurists

UAJ 1975 D Human Rights Organizations

Union of Arab Securities Authorities

UASA 2007 Dubai United Arab Emirates D

Union of Black Sea Region NGOs

Istanbul Turkey J

Union of Central and South-Eastern European Capitals

UCSEEC 1995 Athens Greece E

Union of Concerned Scientists

UCS 1969 Cambridge MA USA G

Union of European Practitioners in Intellectual Property

UNION 1961 Gothenburg Sweden D

Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities

1982 Madrid Spain D

Union of International Associations

UIA 1907 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

Union of Local Authority Chief Executives of Europe

1990 Cardiff UK D

Union of Luso-Afro-America-Asiatic Capital Cities

1985 Lisbon Portugal D

Union of Socialist Local and Regional Representatives in Europe

USLRRE 1979 Anthisnes Belgium D

Union of South American Nations

2004 Quito Ecuador D g Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Union Syndicale Fédérale of the European and International Public Services

1974 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations, Trade and Labour Unions, Human Rights Organizations

Unione Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo e La Pace

UVISP-Assisi 1987 Bastia Umbra Italy G

Unitarian Universalist Association

UUA 1961 Boston MA USA F

Unitarian Universalist Musicians' Network

UUMN 1983 Charlotte NC USA G

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

UUSC 1939 Cambridge MA USA G Human Rights Organizations

Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation

UUWF 1963 Brookline MA USA G

United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific

UCLG ASPAC 2004 Jakarta Indonesia E

United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia

UCLG-MEWA 2004 Istanbul Turkey E

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa

UCLG Africa 2003 Rabat Morocco E

United Families International

UFI 1978 Gilbert AZ USA F Humanitarian Organizations

United for Foreign Domestic Workers' Rights

UFDWR Chiang Mai Thailand F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

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