Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Partnerships for the Goal

A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.

Urgent action is needed to mobilize, redirect and unlock the transformative power of trillions of dollars of private resources to deliver on sustainable development objectives. Long-term investments, including foreign direct investment, are needed in critical sectors, especially in developing countries. These include sustainable energy, infrastructure and transport, as well as information and communications technologies. The public sector will need to set a clear direction. Review and monitoring frameworks, regulations and incentive structures that enable such investments must be retooled to attract investments and reinforce sustainable development. National oversight mechanisms such as supreme audit institutions and oversight functions by legislatures should be strengthened.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

WELMEC - European Cooperation in Legal Metrology

1990 Delft Netherlands F

Welsh Centre for International Affairs

WCIA 1973 Cardiff UK G


WFD 1959 Berlin Germany G

Weltnotwerk der KAB

Cologne Germany G

West African NGO Network

WANGONeT Lagos Nigeria G

West India Committee

WIC 1735 London UK F v

Wheat Initiative

2001 Paris France E

White Helmets

1995 Buenos Aires Argentina F g


1985 Brussels Belgium F y

Williamsburg Meetings

1971 S c

Wings of Hope

WoH 1962 St Louis MO USA G

Women for Peace, Sweden

WFP 1979 Stockholm Sweden G

Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

WHRD Culemborg Netherlands F

Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace

WLP 1999 Bethesda MD USA F

Women's Voices Now

WVN 2010 Rolling Hills Estates CA USA G

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva Switzerland F f

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

WWICS 1968 Washington DC USA G

Working Community of the Danube Regions

1990 St Pölten Austria F g

Working Community of the Pyrenees

1983 Toulouse France E

World Academy of Art and Science

WAAS 1960 Puducherry India B v

World Affairs Councils of America

WACA Washington DC USA G

World Affairs Institute

Washington DC USA G j

World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations

YMCA 1855 Vernier Switzerland B

World Altering Medicine

WAM 2006 N

World Anti-Bullying Forum

WABF 1997 Umeå Sweden D

World Assemblies of God Relief and Development Agency

WAGRA Springfield MO USA K

World Association for Sexual Health

WAS 1978 Minneapolis MN USA B y

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

WAGGGS 1928 London UK B

World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations

WANGO 2000 Tarrytown NY USA C

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

WAZA 1946 Barcelona Spain C y

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World City Ice and Snow Tourism Cooperation Organization


World Collaborative Mobility Congress


World Community Chaplains

1978 West Hills CA USA N

World Community Development Education Society

WCDES Courtenay BC Canada G

World Community for Christian Meditation

WCCM 1991 London UK N

World Conference of Therapeutic Communities

Katrineholm Sweden S c

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


World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y

World Council of Fisheries Societies

WCFS 2000 Bethesda MD USA G

World Digital Solidarity Agency

DSA 2006 Lyon France D

World Emergency Relief

WER 1985 San Dimas CA USA G

World Ethnosport Society

2012 Riga Latvia C

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai Paraguay D t

World Federalist Movement - Movement for a Just World Order through a Strengthened United Nations

WFM 1946 New York NY USA F

World Federation of CdLS Support Groups

CdLS World 2001 J

World Federation of Consuls

FICAC 1982 Brussels Belgium C

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y