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

Asia Pacific Geoparks Network


Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization

APOSHO Central Hong Kong D

Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities

APPA 1992 Sydney Australia D

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

APRRN 2008 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

Asia Pacific Sociological Association

APSA 1997 Nathan Australia D

Asia Pacific Tourism Association

APTA 1995 Busan Korea Rep D

Asia Safe Abortion Partnership

ASAP 2008 Mumbai India E

Asia Safe Community Network


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 Hong Kong F

Asia-Pacific Network of Transport and Logistics Education and Research


Asia-Pacific Tourism Exchange Centre

APTEC 1995 Nara Japan G

Asia-Pacific University - Community Engagement Network

APUCEN 2011 Penang Malaysia F

Asian Academy for Heritage Management

AAHM 2001 Bangkok Thailand E y International Federations

Asian Aid Organization

1966 Wauchope Australia G Humanitarian Organizations

Asian and Pacific Association for Social Work Education


Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology

APCTT 1977 Delhi India E g IGOs

Asian and Pacific Coconut Community

APCC 1968 Jakarta Indonesia D g Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Asian Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons

AAHRS 2010 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Center for Population and Community Development

ACPD 1978 Bangkok Thailand G

Asian Centre for Soil Improvement and Geosynthetics

ACSIG Pathum Thani Thailand G

Asian Cities Against Drugs

ASCAD Melaka Malaysia J

Asian Coalition for Housing Rights

ACHR 1988 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

Asian Community Health Action Network

ACHAN 1980 Chennai India F

Asian Community Trust

ACT 1979 Tokyo Japan G f Foundations

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 Thailand F

Asian Federation of Therapeutic Communities

AFTC 1984 Muntinlupa City Philippines E

Asian Fisheries Social Science Research Network

AFSSRN 1983 Serdang Malaysia F

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

Asian Institute of Tourism

AIT 1976 Quezon City Philippines E j Professional Bodies, Institutes

Asian Institute of Transport Development

AITD 1989 Delhi India G j Institutes

Asian Marine Conservation Association

AMCA 1988 Kolkata India G v

Asian Network of Training and Research Institutions in Educational Planning

ANTRIEP 1995 Delhi India F

Asian Network of Women's Shelters

ANWS 2012 New Taipei City Taiwan F

Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development

ANGOC 1979 Quezon City Philippines D y International Federations

Asian Nuclear Safety Network

ANSN 2002 Vienna Austria F g IGOs

Asian Planning Schools Association

APSA 1993 Hong Kong Hong Kong D

Asian Professional Security Association

APSA 1994 Petaling Jaya Malaysia D Professional Bodies

Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network

ARRCN 1998 Yasu Japan F

Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives

ARENA 1980 Seoul Korea Rep F

Asian Rural Institute - Rural Leaders Training Center

ARI 1973 Nasushiobara Japan E j Institutes

Asian Rural Sociology Association

ARSA 1992 Santa Cruz Philippines D

Asian Society of Conservation Medicine

ASCM Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine

ASLM Tsuen Wan Hong Kong D

Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe

AUICK 1989 Kobe Japan G

Asian Urban Research Association

AURA 1986 Shippensburg PA USA E Conference Series