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

Africa Unite

AU 2001 Cape Town South Africa G

AfricaBio

1999 Pretoria South Africa D

African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovations Centre

ABCIC 2010 Nairobi Kenya D

African Biological Safety Association

AfBSA 2007 Nairobi Kenya D

African Bird Club

ABC 1992 Cambridge UK F Clubs

African Center for Science and International Security

AFRICSIS 2012 Accra Ghana G

African Centre for Community and Development

AFCOD Limbe Cameroon J

African Community Resource Center

ACRC 1984 Los Angeles CA USA G

African Conservation Centre

ACC Nairobi Kenya G

African Conservation Foundation

ACF 1999 London UK G f Foundations

African Conservation Tillage Network

ACT 1999 Nairobi Kenya F

African Conservation Trust

ACT 2000 Pietermaritzburg South Africa G

African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

1968 T g Treaties, IGOs

African Council of AIDS Service Organizations

AfriCASO 1991 Dakar Senegal E

African Development Aid Association

ADAA 1988 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G Humanitarian Organizations

African Diaspora Heritage Trail Foundation

ADHT Foundation Paget Bermuda N f Foundations

African Financial Community

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

African Forum for Urban Security

AFUS 1998 Fann-Dakar Senegal F

African Foundation for Urban Management

Dakar Senegal G f Foundations

African Heritage Research Library and Cultural Center

AHRLC 1988 Ibadan Nigeria F

African Human Rights Heritage

AHRH 1992 Accra Ghana G Human Rights Organizations

African Institute for Community-Driven Development

Khanya-aicdd 1998 Johannesburg South Africa D j Institutes

African Institute for Policy Analysis and Economic Integration

AIPA 1992 Cape Town South Africa N j Institutes

African King Foundation

Newark NJ USA N f Foundations

African Maritime Safety and Security Agency

AMSSA 2007 J

African Network of Women Shelters

ANWS 2012 Kigali Rwanda F

African Parks

AP 2000 Johannesburg South Africa F

African Rainforest Conservancy

ARC 1991 New York NY USA G

African Regional Centre of Technology

ARCT 1977 Dakar Senegal E g IGOs

African Relief in Action

ARIA International 1995 Houston TX USA G

African Rights Initiative International

ARII 2007 Madina Ghana G Human Rights Organizations

African Safari Lodge Foundation

ASL Foundation Parkview South Africa F f Foundations

African School of Architecture and Town Planning

1975 Lomé Togo F g IGOs

African Security Sector Network

ASSN 2003 Accra Ghana D y International Federations

African Sky

Utrecht Netherlands G f Foundations

African Travel and Tourism Association

Atta London UK N

African Union for Housing Finance

AUHF 1983 Parkview South Africa D

African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur

UNAMID 2006 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests

2009 Edéa Cameroon J

African World Heritage Fund

AWHF 2006 Midrand South Africa F g Funds, IGOs

African Youth Safe Abortion Alliance

AYOSA 2014 Mzuzu Malawi D

Africare

1970 Washington DC USA F Humanitarian Organizations

Afrihealth Optonet Association

1997 Abuja Nigeria G

AfriMAB Network

1996 Paris France F

AfriOceans Conservation Alliance

AOCA 2003 Fish Hoek South Africa G

Agence de l'eau Rhin-Meuse

1964 Moulin-les-Metz France G g IGOs

Agence des Villes et Territoires Méditerranéens Durables

AViTeM 2012 Marseille France G

Agencia Centroamericana de Acreditación de Programas de Arquitectura y de Ingenieria

ACAAI 2006 Panama Panama D

Agencia Centroamericana de Seguridad Aeronautica

ACSA 1999 Alajuela Costa Rica K g IGOs

Agency for European Integration and Economic Development

AEI 2003 Vienna Austria G g IGOs

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