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

Weimar Triangle

1991 E g IGOs

WELMEC - European Cooperation in Legal Metrology

1990 Delft Netherlands F

Weltnotwerk der KAB

Cologne Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

WePROTECT Global Alliance


West Africa Centre for Peace Foundation

WACPF Accra Ghana G f Foundations

West Africa Election Observers Network

WAEON 2010 Accra Ghana F y International Federations

West Africa Network for Peacebuilding

WANEP 1998 Accra Ghana F y International Federations

West Africa Road Transport Union

WARTU 1989 Lagos Nigeria D Professional Bodies

West African Accreditation System

J g IGOs

West African Bar Association

WABA 2004 D

West African Institute for Legal Aid

WAILA 2013 Bakau Gambia G j Institutes

West African Network for Human Rights Defenders

WAHRDN 2005 Lomé Togo D Human Rights Organizations

West African Network on Security and Democratic Governance

WANSED Abuja Nigeria F

West African NGO Network

WANGONeT Lagos Nigeria G

West and Central Africa Human Rights Training Institute

WACAHRI 2004 E j Human Rights Organizations, Institutes

West-East Bridges Foundation

2011 Amsterdam Netherlands F f Foundations

Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation

WHINSEC 2000 Fort Benning GA USA G gj IGOs, Human Rights Organizations, Institutes

Westminster Foundation for Democracy

WFD 1992 London UK G f Foundations


Brussels Belgium D

Wheat Initiative

2001 Paris France E

Wheat Trade Convention, 1967

1967 T g IGOs, Treaties

Wheat Trade Convention, 1971

1971 T g IGOs, Treaties

Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative

WPDI 2012 Los Angeles CA USA G

WHO European Centre for Environment and Health

ECEH Bonn Germany K g IGOs, WHO Bodies


1985 Brussels Belgium F y Human Rights Organizations, International Federations

Widows Rights International

WRI 1996 G Human Rights Organizations


2007 Melbourne Australia F Human Rights Organizations

Wildlife Justice Commission

WJC 2015 The Hague Netherlands C

Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

Martens Centre 2007 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

Wilmington College Peace Resource Center

1975 Wilmington OH USA G

WIPO Copyright Treaty

WCT 1996 Geneva Switzerland T g IGOs, Treaties

WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty

WPPT 1996 T g IGOs, Treaties

Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies

WIPCS 1985 Stevens-Point WI USA G j Institutes


1992 Brooklyn NY USA G Human Rights Organizations

Witness for Peace

WFP 1983 Washington DC USA G

Wolfsberg Group

2000 E

Wolseley Register

1964 Sowerby Bridge UK N

Woman and Earth Global Eco-Network

1979 New York NY USA G v Human Rights Organizations

Women Against Violence Europe

WAVE 1994 Vienna Austria F Human Rights Organizations

Women and Land Rights in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe

J Human Rights Organizations

Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust

WLSA 1987 Lusaka Zambia F Human Rights Organizations

Women Cross DMZ

2015 E v

Women Enabled International

WEI Washington DC USA F Human Rights Organizations

Women for International Peace and Arbitration

WIPA 1985 Glendale CA USA N

Women for Peace, Sweden

WFP 1979 Stockholm Sweden G

Women for Peace, Switzerland

1994 Volketswil Switzerland G

Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

WHRD Culemborg Netherlands F Human Rights Organizations

Women in Black

WIB 1988 F

Women in Dialogue

WinD 1975 London UK G Human Rights Organizations

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

WIEGO 1997 Cambridge MA USA F y International Federations