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

Automotive Recyclers Association

ARA 1943 Manassas VA USA N

Autoworld Brussels

1986 Brussels Belgium N

Aviation Security Services Association - International

ASSA-I 2002 Wemmel Belgium D

AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center

1971 Tainan Taiwan E g

Aya Worldwide

2010 Chicago IL USA G

B'nai B'rith International

BBI 1843 Washington DC USA C v

Baha'i International Community

1844 New York NY USA F

Balkan Cities Association of Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation and Artificial Organs

BANTAO 1995 D v

Balkan Environmental Association

BENA 1998 Thessaloniki Greece D

Balkan Museum Network

BM Network 2006 Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina F

Balkanactie van de Gemeenten

1992 Antwerp Belgium G

Baltic Academy of Tourism and Entrepreneurship

St Petersburg Sankt-Peterburg Russia G j

Baltic Architects Unions Association


Baltic Association of Science/Technology Parks and Innovation Centres

BASTIC Kaunas Lithuania D

Baltic Cities Healthy Cities Association

1998 Turku Finland G

Baltic Institute of Social Science

BISS 2000 Riga Latvia E j

Baltic Sea Conference of Ministers of Transport

Warsaw Poland S cg

Baltic Sea Network on Occupational Health and Safety

BSN 1995 Helsinki Finland F

Bank for International Settlements

BIS 1930 Basel BS Switzerland F g

Banque de développement des Etats de l'Afrique centrale

BDEAC 1975 Brazzaville Brazzaville Congo Brazzaville F gy

Baptist World Aid Australia

1959 North Ryde NSW Australia G

BARKA Foundation for Mutual Help

Poznan Poland G f


1999 Leamington Spa UK G

Bat Conservation International

BCI 1982 Austin TX USA G v

Battelle Memorial Institute

BMI 1925 Columbus OH USA E j

BBC Media Action

1999 London UK G

BCARE International


BE User Group

Exton PA USA E

Bears in Mind

1993 Rhenen Netherlands G f

Bell International

Porto-Novo Benin G

Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East

1947 Jerusalem Israel G j

Benelux Convention on Mandatory Civil Liability Insurance for Motor Vehicles

1966 Brussels Belgium T g

Benelux Convention on Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection

1982 Brussels Belgium T g

Benin Electricity Community

1968 Lomé Togo G bg

Bentley Drivers Club

BDC 1936 Banbury UK F

Berlin Information Centre for Transatlantic Security

1991 Berlin Germany G

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f

BestCities Global Alliance

2000 Singapore Singapore F

Better Tourism Africa

2006 G

Bicycles for Humanity

B4H 2007 G

Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo

BIAU Madrid Madrid Spain E c

Big Life Foundation

Big Life 2010 Ridgefield WA USA F f

Bike for Peace

1978 Oslo Norway G

Bikers Against Child Abuse International

BACA 1995 N

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BMGF 2000 Seattle WA USA G f

Biodiversity and Economics for Conservation

BIOECON 2000 F y

Biodiversity Conservancy International

Ottawa ON Canada G

Bioencapsulation Research Group

BRG 1990 Sucé sur Erdre France F

Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures Society


Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme

BDCP Washington DC USA G