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

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

Bio-based Industries Consortium

BIC 2013 Brussels Belgium D t

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 Europe

Brussels Belgium E


1988 D

Blue Knights' International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club

BK 1974 Bangor ME USA F v

Blue Shield International

BSI 2016 The Hague Netherlands F

Blue Ventures

Bristol UK G

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

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

Bromine Science and Environmental Forum

BSEF 1997 Brussels Belgium F

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 Global Relief

BGR 2008 Carmel NY USA G

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

1966 San Dimas CA USA F f

Build Europe

1958 Brussels Belgium D t

Building Advisory Service and Information Network

BASIN 1988 Villefontaine France F y

Buildings Performance Institute Europe

BPIE 2010 Brussels Belgium D j