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

Australasian Road Rescue Organisation

ARRO 1996 Cannonvale QLD Australia G

Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine

ASLM Northcote VIC Australia G

Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association

ATCA 1986 O'Connor Australia G

Australasian University Safety Association

AUSA 1999 N

Australasian Wader Studies Group

AWSG 1981 Heathmont VIC Australia G v

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin ACT Australia G y

Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy

1996 Vienna Austria G j

Autocare Association

1982 Bethesda MD USA N

Automobile License Plate Collectors Association

ALPCA 1954 Hampton VA USA G

Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association

APRA 1941 Alexandria VA USA G t

Automotive Recyclers Association

ARA 1943 Manassas VA USA G

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

AVSI Foundation

1972 Milan Italy G f

Aya Worldwide

2010 Chicago IL USA G

B'nai B'rith International

BBI 1843 Washington DC USA C v

Baha'i International Community

1844 Le Grand-Saconnex Switzerland F


2004 Irving TX USA G

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 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

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

BKMC 2015 Vienna Austria E

Bank for International Settlements

BIS 1930 Basel Switzerland F g

Banque de développement des Etats de l'Afrique centrale

BDEAC 1975 Brazzaville Congo Brazzaville F gy

Bantani Education

2017 Tervuren Belgium F

Baptist World Aid Australia

1959 North Ryde NSW Australia G

Bariloche Foundation

1963 Bariloche Argentina G f

BARKA Foundation for Mutual Help

Poznań Poland G f

Basic Income Earth Network

BIEN 1986 London UK 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