Sustainable Development

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations.

 The Global Goals

WFUNA's work in sustainable development focuses on contributing to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

WFUNA works to strengthen civil society engagement in implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to support UNAs in raising awareness about the SDGs and advocating for and engaging in SDG implementation at the national level. 


16+ Forum is a quarterly mechanism to engage Member States, civil society organizations, UN agencies and other stakeholders on issues related to the 'peaceful, just and inclusive societies’ theme of the 2030 Agenda. Launched in April 2016, the 16+ Forum is a knowledge-sharing platform for the community of interested actors around the world on Goal 16-related issues.

Mission Possible is WFUNA's flagship global citizenship education program, currently operating in schools in Armenia and India. Youth participants learn about the United Nations and the SDGs, while also learning project management skills. They then apply what they've learned to implement student-led projects in their own communties, working toward one of the SDGs. Projects from the first cohort of students addressed Goals 3, 4, 5, 6 and 12. Learn more about the program here

The Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network is a broad network of civil society organizations that works to ensure open, inclusive, accountable and effective governance in the context of the 2030 Agenda. WFUNA is host to the TAP Network Secretariat and sits on its Steering Committee. 


WFUNA has signed a partnership agreement with PVBLIC Foundation to support the #OneForAll campaign, launched in January 2017. The campaign and accompanying activation platform aims to inspire and mobilize global citizens worldwide to take action toward the SDGs. Learn more here.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of WFUNA, in August 2016 we ran an online Global Citizenship Challenge, encouraging people around the world to photograph and share their acts of global citizenship in support of the SDGs. Click through the social media graphics below, and see how people participated here.

Upcoming Events:

High-Level Political Forum 2017
Dates: July 10-19, 2017
Theme: "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world"

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will be convened in 2017 under the auspices of ECOSOC. The set of SDGs to be reviewed this year are: Goal 1 - Poverty, Goal 2 - Hunger, Goal 3 - Health and Well-Being, Goal 5 - Gender Equality, Goal 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 14 - Life Below Water, and Goal 17 - Partnerships.

See the list of countries that have volunteered for national review here.

Past Events:

ChesSDGs: Grandmaster Karpov Makes His Move

Date: Thursday, 6 April, 2017
Time: 6:15pm
Venue: General Assembly Lobby, UNHQ, New York

In celebration of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, WFUNA partnered with the United Nations Association of Russia and the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to host a reception featuring special guest Anatoly Karpov, Chess Grandmaster, World Champion 1975-1985 and FIDE World Champion 1993-1999. Grandmaster Karpov played speed chess simultaneously against a diverse group of challengers, including ambassadors and other Member State representatives, UN officials, and youth from Chess in the Schools, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving academic performance and building self-esteem among inner-city public school children in New York City. The event highlighted the positive role of sports in achieving the SDGs. 

View the event flyer and photos from the event. Read more here.


Accelerating Implementation of the SDGs: A Civil Society Dialogue with H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, 71st Session

Date: Wednesday, 25 January, 2017
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30pm EST
Venue: Conference Room 12, UNHQ, New York 

Upon taking his oath of office in September 2016, H.E. Mr. Thomson made a firm commitment to push forward meaningful progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During this session, he will discuss these efforts as well as reform processes regarding revitalization of the UN General Assembly and Security Council, among other issues of relevance for civil society. He will then engage in an open question-and-answer session with civil society representatives, moderated by WFUNA Secretary-General Mr. Bonian Golmohammadi.

View the event invitation. Learn more about the conversation here.


"Save the Earth" Green Corps Exhibition
27 September through 6 October, 2016







WFUNA is partnering with Future Forest, UNCCD and the Korea Foundation to present the "Save the Earth" Green Corps Exhibition. The exhibit features art created to promote awareness of desertification and land degradation, highlighting the importance of Goal 15 of the SDGs. Learn more.

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