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

ASEAN Troika

2000 Jakarta Indonesia F g

ASEAN-China Centre

ACC Beijing Beijing China E g

Asia Cruise Services Network

ACSN Bangkok Bangkok Thailand J

Asia Cruise Terminal Association

ACTA 2011 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Disability Institute

ADI 1990 Hachioji Tokyo Japan G j

Asia for Safe Handling of Cytotoxic Drugs Interest Group

2004 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Foundation

1954 San Francisco CA USA G

Asia Injury Prevention Foundation

AIP Foundation 1999 Hanoi Hanoi Vietnam F f

Asia Institute of Urban Environment

AIUE J

Asia Marketing Federation

AMF 1991 Tokyo Japan D

Asia Pacific Biosafety Association

A-PBA 2005 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Pacific Blood Network

APBN 2006 Osborne Park WA Australia F

Asia Pacific Cities Summit

APCS S c

Asia Pacific Ecotourism Society

APES 2009 J

Asia Pacific Forum for Graduate Students' Research in Tourism

APF S c

Asia Pacific Geoparks Network

APGN F

Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization

APOSHO Central Central and Western Hong Kong D

Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities

APPA 1992 Sydney NSW Australia D

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

APRRN 2008 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand F

Asia Pacific Sociological Association

APSA 1997 Nathan QLD Australia D

Asia Pacific Tourism Association

APTA 1995 Busan Korea Rep D

Asia Safe Abortion Partnership

ASAP 2008 Mumbai Maharashtra India E

Asia Safe Community Network

Mashhad Razavi Khorasan Iran Islamic Rep F

Asia Securities Forum

ASF 1995 Tokyo Japan F

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation

ASSIST 2003 Makati Philippines F

Asia-Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies

APHoMSA 1996 F

Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research

APNHR 2001 Hong Kong Central and Western Hong Kong F

Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education

APNIEVE 1995 Quezon City Philippines F g

Asia-Pacific Network of Transport and Logistics Education and Research

ANTLER 2003 J

Asia-Pacific Tourism Exchange Centre

APTEC 1995 Nara Nara Japan G

Asia-Pacific University - Community Engagement Network

APUCEN 2011 Penang Malaysia F

Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO

ACCU 1971 Tokyo Japan E

Asian Academy for Heritage Management

AAHM 2001 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand E y

Asian Aid Organization

1966 Wauchope NSW Australia G

Asian and Pacific Association for Social Work Education

APASWE 1974 D

Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology

APCTT 1977 Delhi Delhi India E g

Asian and Pacific Coconut Community

APCC 1968 Jakarta Indonesia D g

Asian Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons

AAHRS 2010 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Center for Population and Community Development

ACPD 1978 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand G

Asian Centre for Soil Improvement and Geosynthetics

ACSIG Pathum Thani Pathum Thani Thailand G

Asian Cities Against Drugs

ASCAD Melaka Melaka Malaysia J

Asian Coalition for Housing Rights

ACHR 1988 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Community Health Action Network

ACHAN 1980 Chennai Tamil Nadu India F

Asian Community Trust

ACT 1979 Tokyo Japan G f

Asian Conference on Safety and Education in Laboratory

ACSEL 2013 S c

Asian Consortium for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Microbial Resources

ACM 2004 Tokyo Japan D

Asian Cycling Confederation

ACC Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Ecotourism Network

AEN Bangkok Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Federation of Therapeutic Communities

AFTC 1984 Muntinlupa City Metro Manila Philippines E

Asian Fisheries Social Science Research Network

AFSSRN 1983 Serdang Selangor Malaysia F

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