Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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

Sustainable Cities & Communities

Goal 11 is about making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Cities represent the future of global living. The world’s population reached 8 billion on 2022 over half living in urban areas. This figure is only expected to rise, with 70 per cent of people expected to live in cities by 2050. Approximately 1.1 billion people currently live in slums or slum-like conditions in cities, with 2 billion more expected in the next 30 years.

However many of these cities are not ready for this rapid urbanisation, and it outpaces the development of housing, infrastructure and services, which led to a rise in slums or slum-like conditions.

Urban sprawl, air pollution and limited open public spaces persist in cities.

Good progress has been made since the implementation of the SDGs in 2015, and now the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies has doubled. But issues still remain and in 2022, only half of the urban population had convenient access to public transport.

Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way urban spaces are built and managed.

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

2Build 4 Ward International Organization

2x4 International Sacramento CA USA F

A Common Word Among the Youth

ACWAY Birmingham UK J

A Rocha International

1983 London UK F

AACE International

1956 Fairmont WV USA F v

Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability

UCPBL Aalborg Denmark G

Academia de Centroamérica, San José

1969 San José Costa Rica G

Academic Council on the United Nations System

ACUNS 1987 Washington DC USA E y

Académie européenne, Paris

1984 Paris France G

Academy of Cultural Heritages

ACU 2016 Helsinki Finland J

Academy of Dentistry International

ADI 1974 San Antonio TX USA G v

Academy of Peace

1972 Sion Switzerland G v

Access Agriculture

2012 Brussels Belgium F

Access Aid International

AAI Melbourne VIC Australia G

Access Quality International

AQI Chiang Mai Thailand E

Ace Africa

2003 London UK F


1961 Paris France G


1989 D


1972 Juba South Sudan E

Act for Africa International

2007 Bristow VA USA G


2015 Vienna Austria N

Acting for Life

AFL 1973 Le Bourget France G

Action for Children and Communities in Africa

ACACIA UK 1995 Abingdon UK G

Action for World Solidarity

1957 Berlin Germany G v

Action on Poverty

AOP 1968 Crows Nest NSW Australia G f

Action Plan for Protection, Development and Management of the Marine Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region

NOWPAP 1991 Busan Korea Rep F g

Action Plan for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the East Asian Region

EAS 1981 Bangkok Thailand F g

Action Plan for the Protection and Management of the South Asia Seas Region

SASP 1995 Colombo Sri Lanka F g

Action Plan for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas in the South East Pacific

SE/PCF 1981 Guayaquil Ecuador F g

Action Without Borders

AWB 1994 New York NY USA G

Actions for Genuine Democratic Alternatives

AGENDA Monrovia Liberia F

Active 20-30 International

1961 Napa CA USA G

Active House Alliance

Brussels Belgium D y

Additional Convention to the International Convention Signed at Rome on 23 Nov 1933 Concerning the Transport of Goods by Rail

CIM 1950 T g

Additional Protocol to the Bilateral Agreements Relating to the Reciprocal Recognition of Driving Permits and Motorvehicle Registration Certificates

1956 T g

Additional Protocol to the Convention Concerning Customs Facilities for Touring, Relating to the Importation of Tourist Publicity Documents and Material

1954 T g

Additional Protocol to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons

1997 Strasbourg France T g

Additional Protocol to the EUROCONTROL International Convention Relating to Cooperation for the Safety of Air Navigation

1970 T g

Additional Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of Animals During International Transport

1979 Strasbourg France T g

Additional Protocol to the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Cooperation between Territorial Communities or Authorities

1995 Strasbourg France T g

Adriano Olivetti Foundation

1962 Rome Italy G f

Adriatic Ionian Euroregion

AIE 2006 Campobasso Italy D

Advance Care Planning International

ACP-i 2010 Frankfurt-Main Germany C

Advantage Africa

2001 Olney UK G

Adventure Tourism Research Association

ATRA 2014 Fort William UK G

Adventure Travel Conservation Fund

ATCF 2016 Monroe WA USA F f


1985 Brussels Belgium D t

AEIDL - European Association for Information on Local Development

1988 Brussels Belgium E v

Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe

ASD 2004 Brussels Belgium D t

Africa 2000 Plus Network, Harare

1989 Harare Zimbabwe F

Africa Civil Society for the Information Society

ACSIS 2003 Dakar Senegal D