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

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

Bernard van Leer Foundation

BvLF 1949 The Hague Netherlands G f

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 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 Leipzig Germany F y

Biodiversity Conservancy International

Ottawa ON Canada G

Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures Society


Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme

BDCP Washington DC USA G

Biosphere Expeditions

1999 Blackrock Ireland 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 China E


1997 Brussels Belgium N

Bonobo Conservation Initiative

BCI Washington DC USA G


2008 London UK C

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

1959 Berlin Germany G

Brücke-Le pont

1995 Fribourg Switzerland G

Bruderhof Communities

1953 Rifton NY USA R

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

BIMP-EAGA 1994 Kota Kinabalu 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

Buildings Performance Institute Europe

BPIE 2010 Brussels Belgium D j