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 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 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 Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action

UN VTF 1994 New York NY USA F fg

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

United States Agency for International Development

USAID 1961 Washington DC USA G g

United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

USCRI 1911 Arlington VA USA G

United States European Command

EUCOM Stuttgart Germany G g

United States Institute of Peace

USIP 1984 Washington DC USA G j

United World Wrestling

UWW 1912 Corsier-sur-Vevey VD Switzerland B

Uniting for Peace

2011 London UK G

UnitingWorld

1977 Sydney NSW Australia G

Universal Copyright Convention, 1952

1952 Paris France T g

Universal Copyright Convention, 1971

1971 Paris France T g

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g

Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights

2005 Paris France T g

Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights

1997 T g

Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches

UFMCC 1968 Sarasota FL USA N

Universal Human Rights Network

1977 Washington DC USA G

Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League of the World

UNIA-ACLW 1914 Philadelphia PA USA G

Universal Peace Federation

UPF International 1999 Tarrytown NY USA F

Universal Postal Convention, 1906

1906 T g

Universal Postal Convention, 1920

1920 T g

Universal Postal Convention, 1924

1924 T g

Universal Postal Convention, 1929

1929 T g

Universal Postal Convention, 1952

1952 T g

Universal Postal Convention, 1957

1957 T g

Universal Postal Convention, 1964

1964 T g

Universal Postal Convention, 1974

1974 T g

Universal Postal Convention, 1979

1979 T g

Universal Postal Convention, 1984

1985 T g

Universal Rights Group

URG 2013 Geneva GE Switzerland F

Universal Union for Consumer Protection and Civil Abuse

UNUCOPCA 2003 Buea Cameroon G

Universal Zulu Nation

UZN 1973 Bronx NY USA D

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