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

Bureau international des containers et du transport intermodal

BIC 1933 Paris France E

Bureau of European Design Associations

BEDA 1969 Brussels Belgium D

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels Belgium C

Burn Survivors Throughout the World

BSTTW 2001 Sarasota FL USA N

Business Ethics Network of Africa

BEN-Africa 1999 Stellenbosch South Africa F

Butterfly Conservation Europe

BCE 2004 Wageningen Netherlands F


2005 London UK 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 Neutral Cities Alliance


Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

CSLF 2003 Washington DC USA F g

Caretakers of the Environment International

CEI 1986 F

Caribbean Action Plan

CAR 1981 Kingston Jamaica F g

Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency

CAHFSA 2010 Paramaribo Suriname D g

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

Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation

CARILEC 1988 Castries St Lucia F

Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation

CFPA 1971 St John's Antigua-Barbuda F

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association

CHTA 1959 Coral Gables FL USA D

Caribbean News Agency

CANA 1976 St Michael Barbados F e

Caribbean School of Architecture

CSA 1988 Kingston Jamaica N

Caribbean Tourism Organization

CTO 1989 St Michael Barbados D g

Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition

CVC 2004 Kingston Jamaica F

CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security

IMPACS 2006 Port-of-Spain Trinidad-Tobago D g

Caring and Living As Neighbours

CLAN 2004 Toronto NSW Australia G

Carlos Slim Foundation

1986 N f

Carmelite NGO

New Orleans LA USA E

Carpathian Ecoregion Initiative

CERI 1999 Bratislava Slovakia F

Carsharing Association


Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

2000 Montréal QC Canada T g

Catalyst 2030

2020 Haarlem Netherlands J y

Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees

COERR 1978 Bangkok Thailand G

Catholic Relief Services

CRS 1943 Baltimore MD USA F

Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa

CYNESA 2012 Nairobi Kenya F

CBR Africa Network

CAN 2002 Kampala Uganda F

CBR Asia-Pacific Network

CBR AP Network Bangkok Thailand F

CBR Global Network

2012 Bangalore India F y

CBS Network International

CBSN International Edinburgh UK G

CDC Development Solutions

CDS 1990 Washington DC USA G

CEC European Managers

1950 Brussels Belgium D y

CEDAM International

1967 Croton-on-Hudson NY USA G


1991 D

CEMBUREAU - The European Cement Association

CEMBUREAU 1947 Brussels Belgium D

Center for Defence and Security Strategic Studies

CDSSS Bucharest Romania G