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 Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

UN-OHRLLS 2001 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

MONUSCO 2000 Kinshasa Congo DR F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

UNPA J gp United Nations Bodies, Parliaments, IGOs

United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus

UNFICYP 1964 Nicosia Cyprus F g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Peace-keeping Operations

New York NY USA F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Peacebuilding Commission

PBC 2005 New York NY USA E gy United Nations Bodies, International Federations, IGOs

United Nations Peacebuilding Fund

PBF 2006 New York NY USA F gf United Nations Bodies, Funds, IGOs

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UNPFII 2000 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law

1965 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Programme on Youth

1981 New York NY USA K g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament for Asia and the Pacific

UNRCPD 1987 Kathmandu Nepal E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa

UNREC 1986 Lomé Togo E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

UNLIREC 1987 Lima Peru E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia

UNRCCA 2007 Ashgabat Turkmenistan E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

UNRWA 1949 Amman Jordan E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gjv United Nations Bodies, Institutes, IGOs

United Nations Security Council

UNSC 1945 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Special Committee on Peace-keeping Operations

1965 New York NY USA E gy United Nations Bodies, International Federations, IGOs

United Nations Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples

Special Committee of Twenty Four 1961 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

1968 Geneva Switzerland K g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti

MINUSTAH 2004 New York NY USA F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa

UNSAC 1992 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

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

United Nations Truce Supervision Organization

UNTSO 1948 Jerusalem Israel F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility

UNU-GCM 2012 Barcelona Spain E j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Youth and Student Association of Austria - Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs

UNYSA-AUSTRIA-AFA 1946 Vienna Austria G United Nations Bodies

United Network of Young Peacebuilders

UNOY 1989 The Hague Netherlands F United Nations Bodies

United Purpose

UP 1976 Cardiff UK G Humanitarian Organizations

United Regions Organisation/FOGAR

2007 Barcelona Spain C

United States Agency for International Development

USAID 1961 Washington DC USA G g Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

USCRI 1911 Arlington VA USA N

United States European Command

EUCOM Stuttgart Germany G g NATO Bodies, IGOs

United States Institute of Peace

USIP 1984 Washington DC USA G j Institutes

Uniting for Peace

2011 London UK G

UnitingWorld

1977 Sydney Australia G Human Rights Organizations

Universal Copyright Convention, 1952

1952 Paris France T g Treaties, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Universal Copyright Convention, 1971

1971 Paris France T g Treaties, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights

2005 Paris France T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights

1997 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches

UFMCC 1968 Sarasota FL USA N

Universal Human Rights Network

1977 Washington DC USA G Human Rights Organizations

Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League of the World

UNIA-ACLW 1914 Philadelphia PA USA G

Universal Peace Brotherhood

Sao Paulo Brazil N

Universal Peace Federation

UPF International 1999 Tarrytown NY USA F

Universal Postal Convention, 1906

1906 T g Treaties, IGOs

Universal Postal Convention, 1920

1920 T g Treaties, IGOs

Universal Postal Convention, 1924

1924 T g Treaties, IGOs

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