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

Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport

AASTMT 1972 Alexandria Egypt F g

Arab Architects Organization

1994 Beirut Lebanon F

Arab Bridge Maritime Company

1987 Aqaba Jordan F eg

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

Arab Federation of Shipping

AFS 1979 Beirut Lebanon F g

Arab Federation of Surveyors

2002 Beirut Lebanon D

Arab Forum for Alternatives


Arab Human Security Network


Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization

AICTO 2001 Tunis Tunisia E g

Arab Institute of Navigation

AIN 1978 Alexandria Egypt E j

Arab International Association for Tourism and Automobile Clubs

AIA 1988 Luton UK D

Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company

AMPTC 1972 Safat Kuwait K eg

Arab NGO Network for Environment and Development

RAED 1990 Cairo Egypt F

Arab Peace and Security Council

2006 Cairo Egypt K g

Arab Penal Reform Organization

APRO Bernex Switzerland J

Arab Planning Institute

API 1972 Safat Kuwait E gj

Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage

ARC-WH 2010 Manama Bahrain E g

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

ARDD Amman Jordan G

Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design


Arab Society for Fungal Conservation

ASFC 2011 Ismailia Egypt G

Arab Thought Forum

ATF 1981 Amman Jordan F

Arab Tourism Organization

ATO 1954 Jeddah Saudi Arabia D g

Arab Towns Development Fund

ATDF 1979 Kaifan Kuwait F f

Arab Towns Organization

ATO 1967 Kaifan Kuwait D

Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences

AUASS 1998 Sharjah United Arab Emirates D y

Arab Union of Land Transport

AULT 1978 Amman Jordan D

Arab Urban Development Institute

AUDI 1979 Riyadh Saudi Arabia E j

Arab Women Organization

AW0 Cairo Egypt D g

Arab Women's Habitat Network

Amman Jordan G

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpenländer

ARGE ALP 1972 Innsbruck E

Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration

AEI 1969 Berlin Germany N

Archbishop of Sydney's Anglican Aid

Sydney NSW Australia G f

Architects Council of Europe

ACE 1990 Brussels D

Architects Regional Council Asia

ARCASIA 1979 Singapore Singapore F

Architectural Research Centers Consortium

ARCC 1976 Muncie IN USA F

Architectural Research Network

ARENA 2013 London UK F v

Architectural Science Association

ANZAScA Adelaide SA Australia G

Architecture and Development

A and D 1997 Paris France G

Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing

AMLaP 1995 S c

Arctic Athabaskan Council

AAC Whitehorse YT Canada G g

Ariadne - European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights

Ariadne 2009 London UK F

Ark Foundation of Africa

AFA 1986 Washington DC USA G f

Armenian General Benevolent Union

AGBU 1906 New York NY USA F v

Arogya World


Arrangement for the Application of the European Agreement of 17 October 1980 Concerning the Provision of Medical Care to Persons During Temporary Residence

1988 Strasbourg France T g

Art Cities in Europe

1994 Konstanz Germany G

Art Nouveau European Route

2000 Barcelona Spain F y

Art Restoration for Cultural Heritage Foundation

ARCH Foundation 1991 Salzburg Austria N f