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

Andean Institute of Ecology and Development

Cusco Peru G j Institutes

Andean Integration System

1996 Lima Peru F g IGOs

Andean Labor Advisory Council

1998 Lima Peru K

Andean Presidential Council

1990 Lima Peru K g IGOs

Andean Subregional Integration Agreement

Cartagena Agreement 1969 T g Treaties, IGOs

Andrés Bello convention for the educational, scientific and cultural integration of Latin America and Spain

Andrés Bello Convention 1970 Bogota Colombia F g Treaties, IGOs

Anne Frank House

1957 Amsterdam Netherlands N

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition

ASOC 1978 Washington DC USA F y International Federations

APEC Centre for Technology Foresight

APECTF 1998 Bangkok Thailand G

APRACA Consultancy Services

ACS 1990 Jakarta Indonesia K

Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport

AASTMT 1972 Alexandria Egypt F g IGOs

Arab Architects Organization

1994 Beirut Lebanon F Professional Bodies

Arab Bridge Maritime Company

1987 Aqaba Jordan F ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab Council for the Social Sciences

ACSS 2010 Beirut Lebanon D

Arab Cycling Federation

Sharjah United Arab Emirates D

Arab Economic and Social Council

AESC 1950 Cairo Egypt E g IGOs

Arab Federation of Shipping

AFS 1979 Beirut Lebanon F g IGOs

Arab Forum for Alternatives

AFA G

Arab Human Security Network

AHSN J

Arab Institute of Navigation

AIN 1978 Alexandria Egypt E j Institutes

Arab International Association for Tourism and Automobile Clubs

AIA 1988 Luton UK D Clubs

Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company

AMPTC 1972 Safat Kuwait K ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Arab NGO Network for Environment and Development

RAED 1990 Cairo Egypt F

Arab Peace and Security Council

2006 Cairo Egypt K g IGOs

Arab Penal Reform Organization

APRO Bernex Switzerland J

Arab Planning Institute

API 1972 Safat Kuwait E gj Institutes, IGOs

Arab Reform Initiative

ARI 2005 Paris France F y International Federations

Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage

ARC-WH 2010 Manama Bahrain E g IGOs

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

ARDD Amman Jordan G

Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design

ASCAAD 2001 D

Arab Society for Fungal Conservation

ASFC 2011 Ismailia Egypt G

Arab Thought Forum

ATF 1981 Amman Jordan F International Federations

Arab Tourism Organization

ATO 1954 Jeddah Saudi Arabia D g IGOs

Arab Towns Development Fund

ATDF 1979 Kaifan Kuwait F f Funds, Funds

Arab Towns Organization

ATO 1967 Kaifan Kuwait D

Arab Union of Land Transport

AUOLT 1978 Amman Jordan D

Arab Urban Development Institute

AUDI 1979 Riyadh Saudi Arabia E j Institutes

Arab Women Organization

AW0 Cairo Egypt D g IGOs

Arab Women's Habitat Network

Amman Jordan G

Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration

AEI 1969 Berlin Germany N

Architects Council of Europe

ACE 1990 Brussels Belgium D

Architects Regional Council Asia

ARCASIA 1979 Singapore Singapore F Professional Bodies

Architectural Research Centers Consortium

ARCC 1976 Muncie IN USA F

Architectural Science Association

ANZAScA Adelaide Australia G

Architecture and Development

A and D 1997 Paris France G

Archivists without Borders International

AwB International 1986 F Human Rights Organizations

Arctic Athabaskan Council

AAC Whitehorse YT Canada G g IGOs

Ariadne - European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights

Ariadne 2009 London UK F Human Rights Organizations

Ark Foundation of Africa

AFA 1986 Washington DC USA G f Foundations

Armenian General Benevolent Union

AGBU 1906 New York NY USA F v

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