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

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 Switzerland F

Universal Union for Consumer Protection and Civil Abuse

UNUCOPCA 2003 Buea Cameroon G

Universal Zulu Nation

UZN 1973 Bronx NY USA D

Universala Medicina Esperanto-Asocio

UMEA 1908 Trier Germany C v


San Francisco CA USA G

Universidade Internacional da Paz

UNIPAZ 1987 Florianópolis Brazil F

Universitätszentrum für Friedensforschung, Wien

UZF 1973 Vienna Austria G

University for Peace

UPEACE 1980 San José Costa Rica F g

University Network of the European Capitals of Culture

UNeECC 2006 Sibiu Romania E

University of Peace, Namur

1960 Namur Belgium G

University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent

1992 Tashkent Uzbekistan N

University Women of Europe

UWE 1981 Paris France E



Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

UNPO 1991 Brussels Belgium F

UNU Institute for Governance, State and Society

Barcelona Spain G gj

UNUM OMNES International Council of Catholic Men

ICCM 1948 Vatican City Vatican C

Up With People

UWP 1965 Denver CO USA F

UPR Info

2008 Geneva Switzerland E

Urban Environmental Accords

UEA 2012 Gwangju Korea Rep F

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

UAF 1997 Oakland CA USA G f


1992 Sassenberg Germany G

US Civilian Research and Development Foundation

CRDF 1995 Arlington VA USA G f

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

USCRI 1958 Arlington VA USA G

US Peace Council

New Haven CT USA G

US-Central American Free Trade Agreement

CAFTA 2004 Washington DC USA T g

Utrecht Centre for International Legal Studies

UCILS 1955 Utrecht Netherlands G j

Utrecht Network

1987 Bologna Italy F

UWC Red Cross Nordic

RCNUWC 1995 Flekke Norway G

Validity Foundation

Budapest Hungary E

Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development

1978 Leiden Netherlands G j

Veille européenne et citoyenne sur les autoroutes de l'information et le multimédia

VECAM 1995 Paris France G

Venice Regional Seapower Symposium for the Navies of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries

Venice RSS 1996 S c

Verband Binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften

Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Verband Entwicklungspolitik und Humanitäre Hilfe e.V.

VENRO 1995 Berlin Germany G y

Verdrag Inzake de Bescherming van de Schelde, 1994

1994 T g