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

United Nations Communications Group

UNCG 1973 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues

S gc United Nations Bodies, Conference Series, IGOs

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD 1964 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

S gc United Nations Bodies, Conference Series, IGOs

United Nations Convention Against Corruption

UNCAC 2003 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

1988 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime

2000 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on Conditions for Registration of Ships

1986 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea

Rotterdam Rules 2008 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods

1980 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit

1995 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on International Bills of Exchange and International Promissory Notes

1988 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on International Multimodal Transport of Goods

1980 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages

1993 London UK T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade

2001 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea

1978 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

UNCLOS 1982 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on the Liability of Operators of Transport Terminals in International Trade

1991 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

CRC 1989 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts

2005 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration

Mauritius Convention on Transparency 2014 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

UNCCD 1994 Bonn Germany T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network

1991 Vienna Austria K g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women

1993 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Democracy Fund

UNDEF 2005 New York NY USA F gf United Nations Bodies, Funds, IGOs

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Disarmament Commission

1978 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Disarmament Information Programme

1982 New York NY USA F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Disengagement Observer Force

UNDOF 1974 New York NY USA F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

ESCAP 1947 Bangkok Thailand E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g United Nations Bodies, UNESCO Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

UNFCCC 1992 Bonn Germany T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Secretariat

UNFCCC Climate Change Secretariat 1995 Bonn Germany E g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Global Compact

2000 New York NY USA F y United Nations Bodies, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Human Rights Council

2006 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Informal Regional Network of Non-Governmental Organizations

UN-NGO-IRENE 2001 New York NY USA F United Nations Bodies

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research

UNIDIR 1980 Geneva Switzerland E gj United Nations Bodies, Institutes, IGOs

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon

UNIFIL 1978 Tyre Lebanon F g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

UNICRI 1968 Turin Italy E gj United Nations Bodies, Institutes, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders

1975 San José Costa Rica E gj United Nations Bodies, Institutes, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan

UNMOGIP 1949 New York NY USA F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Mine Action Service

UNMAS 1997 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

1991 New York NY USA F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 Geneva Switzerland E g Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

UNODA 1982 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office for Project Services

UNOPS 1973 Copenhagen Denmark E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

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