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

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

Agreement to Promote Compliance with the International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas

1993 Rome Italy T g FAO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Agro-forestry Coordinating Association of Indigenous Peoples and Farmers

1994 San José Costa Rica E

Air Transport Action Group

ATAG 1990 Geneva Switzerland E y International Federations

Air Transport Research Society

ATRS 1995 College Park MD USA E

Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Working Group

ARFFWG Grapevine TX USA G

Airship Heritage Trust

AHT 1985 Bedford UK N

AJS and Matchless Owners Club

1952 Kettering UK N Clubs

Al Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation

1988 London UK G f Foundations

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

1939 Boston MA USA G

Albertine Rift Conservation Society

ARCOS 1995 Cambridge UK E

All Hands Volunteers

2004 Mattapoisett MA USA G

Alleanza nelle Alpi

1997 Übersee Germany F g IGOs

Alliance for Communities in Action

ACA 1982 North Palm Beach FL USA N

Alliance for Consumer Fire Safety in Europe

ACFSE 1998 G

Alliance for Financial Inclusion

AFI 2008 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F y International Federations

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