Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Industries, Innovation & Infrastructure

Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure

Manufacturing is an important driver of economic development and employment. At the current time, however, manufacturing value added per capita is only US$100 in the least developed countries compared to over US$4,500 in Europe and Northern America. Another important factor to consider is the emission of Carbon Dioxide during manufacturing processes. Emissions have decreased over the past decade in many countries but the pace of decline has not been even around the world.

Technological progress is the foundation of efforts to achieve environmental objectives, such as increased resource and energy-efficiency. Without technology and innovation, industrialization will not happen, and without industrialization, development will not happen. There needs to be more investments in high-tech products that dominate the manufacturing productions to increase efficiency and a focus on mobile cellular services that increase connections between people.

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

United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe

UNRIC 2004 Brussels Belgium E g

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gjv

United Nations Sustainable Building and Construction Initiative


United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology

UNU-MERIT 1989 Maastricht Netherlands E j

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g

United Networks of International Corporate Events Organizers

UNICEO Geneva Switzerland J

United Purpose

UP 1976 Cardiff UK G


1977 Sydney NSW Australia G

Unity of Nations Action for Climate Change Council

UNAccc 2021 Vadodara G

Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League of the World

UNIA-ACLW 1914 Philadelphia PA USA G

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 Postal Union

UPU 1874 Bern Switzerland B gy

Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia

ULACIT 1987 San José Costa Rica G

Universidad Tecnológica Intercontinental

UTIC Fernando de la Mora Paraguay G

University Industry Innovation Network

UIIN 2012 Amsterdam Netherlands F y

University of the Arctic

UArctic 2001 Rovaniemi D

University Space Engineering Consortium

UNISEC-Global 2013 Tokyo Japan C y

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

Utility Communicators International

1921 Sandy Springs GA USA N

Utility Economic Development Association

UEDA Larchmont NY USA G

Vaccines Europe

VE 1991 Brussels Belgium E

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

Venue Management Association - Asia and Pacific

VMA 1992 Gold Coast QLD Australia G


2005 Washington DC USA F

Vertical Flight Society

VFS 1943 Fairfax VA USA N

VGB PowerTech

VGB 1920 Essen Germany D

Viatores Christi - Travellers for Christ

1960 Dublin Ireland N

Vienna Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks

Vienna Agreement 1973 T g

Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation

VIDC 1987 Vienna Austria G jv

Vienna International Science Conferences and Events Association

VISCEA 2006 Vienna Austria E

Village Monde

2010 Québec QC G


Brussels Belgium F y

Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network

VATSIM 2001 F v

Virtual Biosecurity Centre

VBC 2011 Washington DC USA J y

Virtual Educa

2000 Alcala de Henares Spain F

Virtual Global Taskforce

VGT 2003 Washington DC USA F g

Virtual Physiological Human Institute for Integrative Biomedical Research

VPH Institute 2010 Leuven Belgium D jy

Virtual Reality Industry Forum

VRIF Fremont CA USA F t

Virtual University of the Adriatic-Ionic Basin

UniAdrion Ancona Italy F