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

Convention Concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work

1990 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning Safety Provisions in the Building Industry

1937 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning the Guarding of Machinery

1963 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning the Inspection of Seafarers' Working and Living Conditions

1996 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning the Marking of the Weight on Heavy Packages Transported by Vessels

1929 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning the Protection and Integration of Indigenous and other Tribal and Semi-tribal Populations in Independent Countries

1957 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage

World Heritage Convention 1972 Paris France T g

Convention Concerning the Regulation of Hours of Work and Rest Periods in Road Transport

1939 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning the Transfer to the French State of the Property in the Sites of British Monuments

1938 T g

Convention Concerning the Transit of Animals, Meat and other Products of Animal Origin

1935 T g

Convention Establishing the Status of Naturalized Citizens Who Again Take up Their Residence in the Country of Their Origin

1906 T g

Convention for Facilitating Trade Exchange and the Regulation of Transit Trade between States of the Arab League

1953 T g

Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field, 1864

Geneva convention 1864 T g

Convention for the Conservation and Management of the Vicuña

1979 T g

Convention for the Conservation of Anadromous Stocks in the North Pacific Ocean

1992 T g

Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals

CCAS 1972 T g

Convention for the Conservation of Salmon in the North Atlantic Ocean

1982 T g

Convention for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna

1993 T g

Convention for the Conservation of the Biodiversity and the Protection of Wilderness Areas in Central America

1992 T g

Convention for the Conservation of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Environment

Jeddah convention 1982 Jeddah Saudi Arabia T g

Convention for the Improvement of Sea Communications

1912 T g

Convention for the Maintenance, Preservation and Reestablishment of Peace

1936 T g

Convention for the Pacific Settlements of International Conflicts, 1899

1899 T g

Convention for the Preservation of Wild Animals, Birds and Fish in Africa

1900 T g

Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

The Hague Convention, 1954 1954 Paris France T g

Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe

1985 Strasbourg France T g

Convention for the Regulation of Transit and Communications on the System of the Danube-Save-Adriatic Railway Company

1923 T g

Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

2003 Paris France T g

Convention for the Suppression of the Circulation of and Traffic in Obscene Publications

1923 T g

Convention for the Suppression of the Contraband Traffic in Alcoholic Liquors

1925 T g

Convention for the Suppression of the Illicit Traffic in Dangerous Drugs, 1936

1936 T g

Convention for the Suppression of the Illicit Traffic in Dangerous Drugs, 1946

1946 T g

Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others

1949 T g

Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women and Children

1947 T g

Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women of Full Age

1947 T g

Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Civil Aviation

1971 T g

Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation

SUA 1988 London UK T g

Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to the Precautionary Attachment of Aircraft

1933 T g

Convention Internationale sur la Responsabilité et L'indemnisation pour les Dommages Liés au Transport par Mer de Substances Nocives et Potentiellement Dangereuses

Convention SNPD 1996 T g

Convention Internationale sur le Régime des Cabarets Flottants

1887 T g

Convention on a Common Transit Procedure

1987 T g

Convention on Conservation of Nature in the South Pacific

1976 T g

Convention on Customs Treatment of Pool Containers Used in International Transport

1994 T g

Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic

FAL 1965 London UK T g

Convention on fisheries and the conservation of living marine resources in the Black Sea

1993 J gp

Convention on Fishing and Conservation of the Living Resources in the Baltic Sea and the Belts

Gdansk convention 1973 T g

Convention on Fishing and Conservation of the Living Resources of the High Seas

1958 T g

Convention on Nature Protection and Wild Life Preservation in the Western Hemisphere

1940 T g

Convention on Nuclear Safety

1994 T g

Convention on Road Traffic Concerning the Dimensions and Weights of Vehicles Permitted to Travel on Certain Roads

1950 T g

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