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 Type III

Agence des Villes et Territoires Méditerranéens Durables

AViTeM 2012 Marseille France G

Agencia Centroamericana de Acreditación de Programas de Arquitectura y de Ingenieria

ACAAI 2006 Panama Panama D

Agencia Centroamericana de Seguridad Aeronautica

ACSA 1999 Alajuela Costa Rica K g IGOs

Agency for European Integration and Economic Development

AEI 2003 Vienna Austria G g IGOs

Agency for the Safety of Aerial Navigation in Africa and Madagascar

1959 Dakar Senegal D g IGOs

Agreed Measures for the Conservation of Antarctic Fauna and Flora

1964 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement between the Central African States Concerning the Creation of a Special Fund for the Conservation of Wild Fauna

1983 T g Funds, Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Cooperation for the Saving of Human Lives and Assistance to Vessels and Aircraft in Distress in the Black Sea

1956 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Manned Lightships Not on Their Stations

1930 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Specific Stability Requirements for Ro-ro Passenger Ships Undertaking Regular Scheduled International Voyages Between, to or from Designated Ports in North West Europe and the Baltic Sea

SOLAS AGR 1996 1996 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Preservation or the Re-establishment of the Rights of Industrial Property Affected by the World War

1920 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Residence of Refugees within the Meaning of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

1965 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Voluntary Contributions to be Given for the Execution of the Project to Preserve and Develop the Monumental Site of Mohenjodaro

1980 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Voluntary Contributions to be Given for the Execution of the Project to Preserve Borobudur

1973 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Transfers between Sick Funds and Sickness Benefits During Temporary Residence

1956 T g Funds, Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Transfers of Persons Insured for Sickness Benefit and Concerning Sickness Benefit During Temporary Residence

1967 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concluded between the Governments of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture and the OAS General Secretariat Relative to an Extension for the Technical Cooperation for Execution of the Integral Development Plan for the Border Region Shared by the Three Countries

Trifinio plan 1994 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement for Cooperation and Consultation between the Central African States for the Conservation of Wild Fauna

1983 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement for Cooperation in a Plan of Comprehensive Rural Development in Latin America

1966 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

1995 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Agreement for the Transfer of a Training Reactor and Enriched Uranium

1970 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on a Comprehensive Political Settlement of the Cambodia Conflict

Paris Agreement 1991 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Conservation of Polar Bears

1973 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on General Conditions for the International Carriage of Passengers by Bus

1970 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Illicit Traffic by Sea, Implementing Article 17 of the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

1995 Strasbourg France T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Products within the Province of the European Coal and Steel Community

T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Agreement on Research Participation and Technical Exchange in the In-pile CABRI and Annular Core Pulsed Reactor Research Programs Related to Fast Reactor Safety

1978 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Road Transport

1955 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Special Equipment for the Transport of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Use of Such Equipment for the International Transport of Some of Those Foodstuffs

1962 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Action Plan for the Environmentally Sound Management of the Common Zambezi River System

1987 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Adoption of the Inter-American Manual on Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways

Agreement of Caracas 1979 Washington DC USA T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Application among the Member States of the European Communities of the Council of Europe Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons

1987 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

ACAP 2001 Hobart Australia T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area

ACCOBAMS 1996 Monaco Monaco T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Gorillas and Their Habitats

2007 Bonn Germany T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats

EUROBATS 1991 Bonn Germany T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Seals in the Wadden Sea

1990 Wilhelmshaven Germany T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas

ASCOBANS 1992 Bonn Germany T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conveyance in Transit of Deported Persons

1965 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Exploitation and Conservation of the Maritime Resources of the South Pacific

1952 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the International Carriage of Passengers by Road by Means of Occasional Coach and Bus Service

ASOR 1982 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Preservation of the Confidentiality of Data Concerning Deep Seabed Areas

1986 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space

1968 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Transfer of Corpses

1973 Strasbourg France T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Providing for the Provisional Application of the Draft International Customs Conventions on Touring, on Commercial Road Vehicles and on the International Transport of Goods by Road

1949 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Regarding British War Memorial Cemeteries and Graves in Egypt

1937 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Regarding Decennial Liability and Insurance of Certain Architects and Contractors

1979 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Regarding Tourist Traffic

1938 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Respecting the Whangpoo Conservancy

1905 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement to Facilitate the Sanitary Control of Traffic

1955 T g Treaties, IGOs

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