Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Sustainable Cities & Communities


Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically. With the number of people living within cities projected to rise to 5 billion people by 2030, it’s important that efficient urban planning and management practices are in place to deal with the challenges brought by urbanization.

Many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity without straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing, declining infrastructure and rising air pollution within cities.

Rapid urbanization challenges, such as the safe removal and management of solid waste within cities, can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. One such example is an increase in municipal waste collection. There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

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

Active House Alliance

Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

Africa Union of Architects

AUA 1981 Tunis Tunisia D

AfricaBio

1999 Pretoria South Africa D

African Biological Safety Association

AfBSA 2007 Nairobi Kenya D

African Center for Science and International Security

AFRICSIS 2012 Accra Ghana G

African Community Resource Center

ACRC 1984 Los Angeles CA USA G

African Diaspora Heritage Trail Foundation

ADHT Foundation Paget Bermuda N f Foundations

African Financial Community

F g Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

African Forum for Urban Security

AFUS 1998 Fann-Dakar Senegal F

African Parks

AP 2000 Johannesburg South Africa F

African Safari Lodge Foundation

ASL Foundation Parkview South Africa F f Foundations

African Security Sector Network

ASSN 2003 Accra Ghana D y International Federations

African Sky

Utrecht Netherlands G f

African Union for Housing Finance

AUHF 1983 Parkview South Africa D

African World Heritage Fund

AWHF 2006 Midrand South Africa F g Funds, IGOs

Agencia Centroamericana de Seguridad Aeronautica

ACSA 1999 Alajuela Costa Rica K g IGOs

AJS and Matchless Owners Club

1952 Kettering UK N Clubs

Al Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation

1988 London UK G f Foundations

Alliance for Communities in Action

ACA 1982 North Palm Beach FL USA N

Alliance of Central Asian Mountain Communities

AGOCA 2003 Bishkek Kyrgyzstan D

Alpine Tourist Commission

ATC 1954 D

Alvis Owners Club

1951 N Clubs

American Institute of Architects - Continental European Chapter

AIA Continental European Chapter 1994 Paris France G jv Institutes

American International Automobile Dealers Association

AIADA 1970 Alexandria VA USA N

American Rescue Team International

ARTI 1985 San Francisco CA USA G

American Sightseeing International

ASI 1947 Toronto ON Canada N

Amphibian Survival Alliance

ASA Austin TX USA C

Andean Integration System

1996 Lima Peru F g IGOs

Andean Presidential Council

1990 Lima Peru K g IGOs

Arab Architects Organization

1994 Beirut Lebanon F Professional Bodies

Arab Council for the Social Sciences

ACSS 2010 Beirut Lebanon D

Arab Cycling Federation

Sharjah United Arab Emirates D

Arab International Association for Tourism and Automobile Clubs

AIA 1988 Luton UK D Clubs

Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage

ARC-WH 2010 Manama Bahrain E g IGOs

Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design

ASCAAD 2001 D

Arab Tourism Organization

ATO 1954 Jeddah Saudi Arabia D g IGOs

Arab Towns Organization

ATO 1967 Kaifan Kuwait D

Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration

AEI 1969 Berlin Germany N

Architects Council of Europe

ACE 1990 Brussels Belgium D

Architectural Science Association

ANZAScA Adelaide Australia G

Arctic Athabaskan Council

AAC Whitehorse YT Canada G g IGOs

Art Cities in Europe

1994 Konstanz Germany G

Artemis Society International

ASI 1994 Plano TX USA N

ASEAN Automotive Federation

AAF 1976 Petaling Jaya Malaysia D

ASEAN Promotion Centre on Trade, Investment and Tourism

ASEAN-JAPAN CENTRE 1981 Tokyo Japan E g IGOs

ASEAN Tourism Association

ASEANTA Putrajaya Malaysia E

Asia for Safe Handling of Cytotoxic Drugs Interest Group

2004 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Pacific Biosafety Association

A-PBA 2005 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Pacific Blood Network

APBN 2006 Osborne Park Australia F

Asia Pacific Sociological Association

APSA 1997 Nathan Australia D

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