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

World Association for Political Economy

WAPE 2004 Shanghai China D

World Association for Sexual Health

WAS 1978 Prague Czech Rep B y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

World Association for the School as an Instrument of Peace

1967 Geneva Switzerland C Human Rights Organizations

World Association of Children's Friends

1963 Monaco Monaco C Human Rights Organizations

World Association of Judges

WAJ 1966 Bethesda MD USA E v

World Association of Law Professors

WALP 1975 Bethesda MD USA E v Human Rights Organizations

World Association of Lawyers

WAL 1975 Rockville MD USA E v

World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations

WANGO 2000 Tarrytown NY USA C

World Association of the Major Metropolises

Metropolis 1985 Barcelona Spain B

World Bank Administrative Tribunal

WBAT 1980 Washington DC USA F g Staff Associations, IGOs

World Beyond War

Charlottesville VA USA F

World Buddhist Sangha Council

WBSC 1966 Taipei Taiwan F

World Business Associates

WBA 1979 Bethesda MD USA E v

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Centre for Peace, Freedom and Human Rights

1990 Verdun France G Human Rights Organizations

World Certification Institute

WCI 1999 C v Institutes

World Citizen Foundation

New York NY USA G f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

World Citizens Organisation

WCO 1987 J v

World Citizenship Foundation

WCF 2009 Washington DC USA G f Foundations

World Civic Forum


World Coalition Against the Death Penalty

2002 Montreuil France F y International Federations

World Conference on Constitutional Justice

WCCJ 2009 Strasbourg France E gc Conference Series, IGOs

World Congress of Poets

WCP 1973 San Jose CA USA K c Conference Series

World Congress on Controversies, Debates and Consensus in Bone, Muscle and Joint Diseases


World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth

WCFLCR S c Conference Series, Human Rights Organizations

World Congresses and Conferences for Peace

S c Conference Series

World Connect

Waltham MA USA G

World Conscious Pact


World Constitution and Parliament Association

WCPA 1958 Radford VA USA F

World Constitution Fund

1986 Trondheim Norway G f Funds, Funds

World Continuing Education Alliance

WCEA 2010 Welwyn Garden City UK G

World Council Congress Diplomatic Chaplains for Peace, Universal Human Rights and Justice

1998 F Human Rights Organizations

World Council of Arameans - Syriacs

WCA 1983 Hengelo Netherlands E Human Rights Organizations

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y International Federations

World Council of Independent Christian Churches

WCICC 1993 Charleston SC USA F Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

World Court of Human Rights

Washington DC USA J p Human Rights Organizations

World Court of Justice

2001 Birmingham UK N

World Criminal Justice Library Network

WCJLN 1991 Newark NJ USA F y International Federations

World Diamond Council

WDC 2000 New York NY USA E

World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments

WeGO Seoul Korea Rep B

World Education Services

WES 1974 New York NY USA G

World Emergency Relief

WER San Dimas CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands B y International Federations

World Fair Trade Organization - Africa

Nairobi Kenya E

World Federation of Consuls

FICAC 1982 Brussels Belgium C

World Federation of Democratic Youth

WFDY 1945 Budapest Hungary F

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y Professional Bodies, International Federations

World Federation of Insurance Intermediaries

WFII 1999 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

World Federation of Occupational Therapists

WFOT 1952 London UK C y International Federations