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

World Armenian Congress


World Assemblies of God Relief and Development Agency

WAGRA Springfield MO USA K

World Association for Christian Communication

WACC 1975 Toronto ON Canada B y

World Association for Cooperative Education

WACE 1983 Lowell MA USA F

World Association for Medical Law

WAML 1967 D

World Association for Political Economy

WAPE 2004 Shanghai China D

World Association for Sexual Health

WAS 1978 Minneapolis MN USA B y

World Association for the School as an Instrument of Peace

1967 Geneva Switzerland C

World Association of Judges

WAJ 1966 E v

World Association of Law Professors

WALP 1975 E v

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 Press Councils

WAPC 1992 Istanbul Turkey D

World Association of the Major Metropolises

Metropolis 1985 Barcelona Spain B

World Bank Administrative Tribunal

WBAT 1980 Washington DC USA F g

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World BEYOND War

Charlottesville VA USA F

World Buddhist Sangha Council

WBSC 1966 Taipei Taiwan F

World Business Angels Investment Forum


World Business Associates

WBA 1979 Bethesda MD USA E v

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Catholic Association for Communication

SIGNIS 2001 Brussels Belgium B y

World Centre for Peace, Freedom and Human Rights

1990 Verdun France G

World Certification Institute

WCI 2000 C v

World Citizen Foundation

New York NY USA G f

World Citizenship Foundation

WCF 2009 Washington DC USA G f

World Civic Forum


World Coalition Against the Death Penalty

2002 Montreuil France F y

World Commerce and Contracting

WorldCC 1999 Ridgefield CT USA C

World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies

WCCBT 2019 C y

World Conference on Constitutional Justice

WCCJ 2009 Strasbourg France E cg

World Congress of Poets

WCP 1973 San Jose CA USA K c

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


World Congresses and Conferences for Peace

S c

World Connect

2005 New York NY USA G

World Conscious Pact


World Conservation Trust

IWMC 1994 Lausanne Switzerland E

World Constitution and Parliament Association

WCPA 1958 Radford VA USA F

World Constitution Fund

1986 Trondheim Norway G f

World Continuing Education Alliance

WCEA 2010 Welwyn Garden City UK G

World Council of Arameans - Syriacs

WCA 1983 Hengelo Netherlands E

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Court of Human Rights

Washington DC USA J p

World Court of Justice

2001 Birmingham UK N

World Criminal Justice Library Network

WCJLN 1991 Newark NJ USA F y

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