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

Biosphere Expeditions

1999 Blackrock Co. Dublin Ireland F

Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development

Biovision 1998 Zurich ZH Switzerland G f

BirdLife International

1922 Cambridge UK B


1988 D

Blue Knights' International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club

BK 1974 Bangor ME USA F v

Blue Shield International

BSI 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne UK F

Blue Ventures


Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation

Institut Plavi Svijet 1999 Veli Losinj Croatia G j

BMS World Mission

Didcot UK G

BMW Center for German and European Studies

CGES 1990 Washington DC USA G

Boao Forum for Asia

BFA 2001 Beijing Beijing China E


1997 Brussels Belgium N

Bonobo Conservation Initiative

BCI Washington DC USA G

Born Free Foundation

1984 Horsham UK G f

Borneo Orangutan Survival International

BOS International Chepstow UK D

Botanic Gardens Conservation International

BGCI 1987 Richmond UK F


1972 Dhaka Bangladesh F

Brevets Randonneurs Mondiaux

BRM 1983 Ecquevilly France F

Bridge Fund Europe

1999 Bussum Netherlands G f

Bridges International

Austin TX USA G

Bridges Organization: Art and Mathematics

Towson MD USA N

British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association

BIGGA 1987 Alne UK G

British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia

BACSA 1976 London UK N

British-American Security Information Council

BASIC 1987 London UK G

Brot für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst

Brot für die Welt 1959 Berlin Germany G

Brücke-Le pont

1995 Fribourg FR Switzerland G

Bruderhof Communities

1953 Rifton NY USA R

Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippine - East ASEAN Growth Area

BIMP-EAGA 1994 Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia F g

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

1966 San Dimas CA USA F f

Building Advisory Service and Information Network

BASIN 1988 Villefontaine France F y

Bureau international des containers et du transport intermodal

BIC 1933 Paris France E

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels Belgium C

Burn Survivors Throughout the World

BSTTW 2001 Sarasota FL USA N

Butterfly Conservation Europe

BCE 2004 Wageningen Netherlands F


2005 F

CAADFutures Foundation

1985 Eindhoven Netherlands F f

Cairns Group

1986 F g

Camphill Movement

1939 Edinburgh UK F

Canadian Consortium on Asia Pacific Security

CANCAPS Edmonton AB Canada N

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief

CPAR 1984 Toronto ON Canada G

CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium

CAR 2 CAR 2002 Braunschweig Germany D

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

CSLF 2003 Washington DC USA F g

Caretakers of the Environment International

CEI 1986 Nørresundby Denmark F

Caribbean Action Plan

CAR 1981 Kingston Jamaica F g

Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency

CAHFSA Paramaribo Paramaribo Suriname D g

Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration Trust Fund

CARTFund St Michael St Michael Barbados F fg

Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism

CAST 1997 Coral Gables FL USA E

Caribbean Association of Housing Finance Institutions

CASHFI 1984 Kingston Jamaica D

Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System

CASSOS 2008 Kingston Jamaica F g

Caribbean Conservation Association

CCA 1967 D