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

Alternatives - Action and Communication Network for International Development

Montréal QC Canada G y

Alternatives for Sustainable Development

Barcelona Barcelona Spain G

Alternatives International

Alter-Inter Montréal QC Canada F

Alternatives to Neo-Liberalism in Southern Africa

ANSA 2003 Harare Harare Zimbabwe D

Alternatives to Violence Project International

AVP International 1975 F

Altrusa International

AI 1917 Chicago IL USA D v

Alvis Owners Club

1951 N

Amani Christian Missions International

ACMI Kansas City MO USA N

Amazon Conservation Association

ACA 1999 Washington DC USA G

Amazon Conservation Team

ACT Arlington VA USA G

Ambient Assisted Living Association

AAL Assocation 2007 Brussels Belgium D

AMDA International

1984 Okayama Okayama Japan D


2004 New York NY USA N

American Academy of Political and Social Science

1889 Philadelphia PA USA N

American Fisheries Society

AFS 1870 Bethesda MD USA G v

American Home Life International

1985 Lancaster PA USA N

American Institute of Architects - Continental European Chapter

AIA Continental European Chapter 1994 Paris France G jv

American International Automobile Dealers Association

AIADA 1970 Alexandria VA USA N

American Near East Refugee Aid

ANERA 1968 Washington DC USA G

American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa

ARAHA 2000 Columbia Heights MN USA G

American Rescue Team International

ARTI 1985 San Francisco CA USA G

American Sightseeing International

ASI 1947 Toronto ON Canada N

Americas Society

AS 1966 New York NY USA G

Amphibian Ark

AArk Apple Valley MN USA E y

Ananda Marga Gurukula

AMGK Network 1990 Anandanagar West Bengal India F

Andean Center of Popular Action

1977 Quito Ecuador G

Andean Community

1996 Lima Lima Peru F g

Andean Institute of Ecology and Development

Cusco Cusco Peru G j

Andean Labor Advisory Council

1998 Lima Lima Peru K

Andean Presidential Council

1990 Lima Lima Peru K g

Andean Subregional Integration Agreement

Cartagena Agreement 1969 T g

Andheri-Hilfe, Bonn

1967 Bonn Germany G

Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures

Anna Lindh Foundation 2004 Alexandria Alexandria Egypt E fg

Anne Frank House

1957 Amsterdam Netherlands N

Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics

2015 S c

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition

ASOC 1978 Washington DC USA F y

APEC Centre for Technology Foresight

APECTF 1998 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand G

APHELEIA - Humanities European Association For Cultural Integrated Landscape Management

APHELEIA 2017 Mação Portugal E

APRACA Consultancy Services

ACS 1990 Jakarta Indonesia K

Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport

AASTMT 1972 Alexandria Alexandria Egypt F g

Arab Architects Organization

1994 Beirut Beirut Lebanon F

Arab Bridge Maritime Company

1987 Aqaba Jordan F eg

Arab Council for the Social Sciences

ACSS 2010 Beirut Beirut Lebanon D

Arab Cycling Federation

Sharjah United Arab Emirates D

Arab Economic and Social Council

AESC 1950 Cairo Cairo Egypt E g

Arab Federation of Shipping

AFS 1979 Beirut Beirut Lebanon F g

Arab Federation of Surveyors

2002 Beirut Beirut Lebanon D

Arab Forum for Alternatives


Arab Human Security Network


Arab Institute of Navigation

AIN 1978 Alexandria Alexandria Egypt E j