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

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

ESCAP 1947 E g

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

UNFCCC 1992 Bonn Germany T g

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Secretariat

UNFCCC Climate Change Secretariat 1995 Bonn Germany E g

United Nations Global Compact

2000 New York NY USA F y

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Human Rights Council

HRC 2006 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Informal Regional Network of Non-Governmental Organizations

UN-NGO-IRENE 2001 F

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research

UNIDIR 1980 Geneva GE Switzerland E gj

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon

UNIFIL 1978 Tyre South Lebanon Lebanon F g

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

UNICRI 1968 Turin TO Italy E gj

United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan

UNMOGIP 1949 New York NY USA F g

United Nations Mine Action Service

UNMAS 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

MINURSO 1991 New York NY USA F g

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

UNODA 1982 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Project Services

UNOPS 1973 Copenhagen Denmark E g

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g

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 Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

MONUSCO 2000 Kinshasa Congo DR F g

United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

UNPA J gp

United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus

UNFICYP 1964 Nicosia Cyprus F g

United Nations Peace-keeping Operations

New York NY USA F g

United Nations Peacebuilding Commission

PBC 2005 New York NY USA E gy

United Nations Peacebuilding Fund

PBF 2006 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UNPFII 2000 New York NY USA E g

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 Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament for Asia and the Pacific

UNRCPD 1987 Kathmandu Nepal E g

United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa

UNREC 1986 Lomé Togo E g

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

UNLIREC 1987 Lima Lima Peru E g

United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia

UNRCCA 2007 Ashgabat Turkmenistan E g

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

UNRWA 1949 Amman Jordan E g

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva GE Switzerland E gjv

United Nations Security Council

UNSC 1945 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Security Council Military Staff Committee

MSC 1946 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Special Committee on Peace-keeping Operations

1965 New York NY USA E gy

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

1968 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa

UNSAC 1992 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Truce Supervision Organization

UNTSO 1948 Jerusalem Israel F g

United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility

UNU-GCM 2012 Barcelona Barcelona Spain E j

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g

United Nations World Peace Association

UNWPA 2019 Sapporo Hokkaido Japan G

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

UNYSA-AUSTRIA-AFA 1946 Vienna Austria G

United Network of Young Peacebuilders

UNOY 1989 The Hague Netherlands F

United Purpose

UP 1976 Cardiff UK G

United Regions Organisation/FOGAR

2007 Barcelona Barcelona Spain C

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