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

Commonwealth Heritage Forum

2020 London UK G

Commonwealth Law Ministers' Meeting

CLMM 1965 London UK S cg

Commonwealth Local Government Forum

CLGF 1994 London UK F

Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work

COSW London UK C

Commonwealth Students’ Association

CSA London UK C

Commonwealth Tourism Centre

CTC Kuala Lumpur Malaysia G

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

CWGC 1917 Maidenhead UK F g

Communauté africaine de culture

1957 Paris France F

Communauté économique des pays des Grands Lacs

CEPGL 1976 Gisenyi Rwanda F g

Communauté économique et monétaire d'Afrique centrale

CEMAC 1994 Bangui Central African Rep F g

Communauté financière africaine


Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities Network

CDAC Network 2009 London UK F y


2010 N

Community and Family Services International

CFSI 1981 Manila Philippines G

Community Based Impact Assessment Network for Eastern Africa

CIANEA Kampala Uganda D

Community Bible Study International

CBSI 1975 Colorado Springs CO USA N

Community Colleges for International Development

CCID 1976 Houston TX USA G

Community Court of Justice

1991 Abuja Nigeria F g

Community Development and Advocacy Centre

CODAC 1998 London UK G

Community Development Carbon Fund

CDCF 2002 Washington DC USA F f

Community Development International

CDi New York NY USA G

Community Development Society

CDS 1969 Columbus OH USA G

Community Directed Development Foundation

CDDF Africa 2005 Accra Ghana G f

Community Exchange System

CES 2003 Cape Town South Africa F

Community Forestry International

CFI 1999 Lake Tahoe CA USA G

Community Forests International

CFI 2008 Sackville NB Canada G

Community Health and Information Network

CHAIN 1998 Kampala Uganda E

Community Health Global Network

CHGN 2005 London UK G

Community Informatics Research Network

CIRN Caulfield VIC Australia F

Community Information, Empowerment and Transparency

CIET International 1985 New York NY USA G

Community Learning Centres

CLC 1993 Bangkok Thailand K g

Community Media Forum Europe

CMFE 2004 Gudhjem Denmark F y

Community of Christ

1830 Independence MO USA F

Community of Democracies

CD Warsaw Poland F g

Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies

CER 1988 Brussels Belgium F v

Community of European Solar Radio Astronomers

CESRA 1972 Glasgow UK F v

Community of Evaluators in South Asia

COE 2008 Dehiwela Sri Lanka E

Community of Mediterranean Universities

CMU 1983 Tanta Egypt F

Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs


Community of Protestant Churches in Europe

CPCE 1973 Vienna Austria D

Community of Sahel-Saharan States

CEN-SAD 1998 D g

Community Partners International

CPI 2010 Berkeley CA USA G

Community Plant Variety Office

CPVO 1995 Angers France E g

Community Uplift Projects International

CUP International 1990 Olney MD USA N

Community World Service Asia

1954 Karachi Pakistan F

Community-Based Rehabilitation Network - South Asia

CBR Network South Asia Bangalore India F

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Analysis of Organic Micro-pollutants in Water

1980 T g

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Physico-chemical Behaviour of Atmospheric Pollutants

1980 T g

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Teleinformatics

1981 T g

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Treatment and Use of Sewage Sludge

1979 T g