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

CERT Coordination Center

CERT/CC 1988 Pittsburgh PA USA G


1988 Madrid Spain G

Cetacean Society International

CSI 1974 Georgetown CT USA G v

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society

CRM Society 1973 Glasgow UK E v

Charte européenne des Abbayes et Sites Cisterciens

Ville-sous-la-Ferté France E

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

1919 Corby UK F j

Cheetah Conservation Fund

CCF 1990 Otjiwarongo Namibia G f

CHEIRON - The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences

1968 Akron OH USA F v

Chemical Research Applied to World Needs

CHEMRAWN Committee 1976 Research Triangle Park NC USA E v

Chemical Research Applied to World Needs

CHEMRAWN Conference London UK S c

Chemin Neuf Community

1973 Lyon France G

Child Haven International

CHI 1985 Maxville ON Canada N

Child in the City Foundation

F f

Child Rescue International

Camarillo CA USA K

Child Rights Connect

1983 Geneva Switzerland E y

Childbirth Survival International

CSI Baltimore MD USA G

Childcare Worldwide

1981 Bellingham WA USA N

Childhood Education International

CE International 1892 Washington DC USA G

Children of Conservation

Atlanta GA USA N

ChildRights International Research Institute

1992 New York NY USA G j

Chol-Chol Foundation for Human Development

1971 Temuco Chile G f

Christian Aid Mission

1953 Charlottesville VA USA G

Christian Life Community

CLC 1563 Rome Italy B

Christian Mission Aid

CMA 1986 Grandville MI USA G

Christian Research Association

CRA 1993 E

Chrysler 300 Club International

1970 Benson MD USA N v

Church Monuments Society

1979 Okehampton UK N v

Cicero Foundation

CF 1992 Maastricht Netherlands G f


2005 Brussels Belgium D

Circuits International

1951 Zandvoort Netherlands D

Circular Plastics Alliance

2018 Brussels Belgium E y

Circumpolar Conservation Union

CCU 1993 Washington DC USA G

Cities Alliance

1999 Brussels Belgium F

Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance

CCFLA 2014 C

Cities Development Initiative for Asia

CDIA 2007 Manila Philippines E

Cities for Children

2007 Stuttgart Germany E

Citizen Bridges International

1989 Chicago IL USA N

Citizens' Alliance for Saving the Atmosphere and the Earth

CASA 1988 Osaka Japan G


1999 Orvieto Italy F

City to City Europe


City2000 Youth Action International

1997 Accra Ghana G

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y


2008 Bonn Germany E y


2002 Szentendre Hungary E g

Clean Air Asia

2001 Pasig City Philippines E y

Clean Air Initiative for Cities Around the World

CAI 1998 Washington DC USA F

Clean Trade

London UK F

CLIA Australasia

1996 Sydney NSW Australia G

Climate Action Network

CAN 1989 Bonn Germany F y

Climate Alliance

1990 Frankfurt-Main Germany F