Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Sustainable Cities & Communities

Goal 11 is about making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Cities represent the future of global living. The world’s population reached 8 billion on 2022 over half living in urban areas. This figure is only expected to rise, with 70 per cent of people expected to live in cities by 2050. Approximately 1.1 billion people currently live in slums or slum-like conditions in cities, with 2 billion more expected in the next 30 years.

However many of these cities are not ready for this rapid urbanisation, and it outpaces the development of housing, infrastructure and services, which led to a rise in slums or slum-like conditions.

Urban sprawl, air pollution and limited open public spaces persist in cities.

Good progress has been made since the implementation of the SDGs in 2015, and now the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies has doubled. But issues still remain and in 2022, only half of the urban population had convenient access to public transport.

Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way urban spaces are built and managed.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Latin America Bureau, London

LAB 1977 London UK G

Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association

1980 Miami FL USA D

Latin American and Caribbean Alliance of YMCAs

LACA 1914 Mexico City Mexico D

Latin American and Caribbean Education Innovation Network

INNOVEMOS 2000 Santiago Chile E gy

Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning

1962 Santiago Chile E gj

Latin American and Caribbean Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

REDLAC 1999 Buenos Aires Argentina F

Latin American Art Resource Project

LAARP 1995 Washington DC USA G

Latin American Center of Social Ecology

1989 Montevideo Uruguay E

Latin American Community of Learning Objects

LACLO 2006 Valdivia Chile D

Latin American Engineering Association for Labour Security

1985 Curitiba Brazil D

Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences

1957 San José Costa Rica F g

Latin American Group for Public Administration

LAGPA/IIAS 2010 Rio de Janeiro Brazil E

Latin American Institute for and Alternative Society and an Alternative Law

1979 Bogota Colombia G j

Latin American Integration Association

LAIA 1980 Montevideo Uruguay D gy

Latin American Lifestyle Medicine Association

LALMA 2014 Lima Peru D

Latin American Quality Institute

LAQI 2001 Panama Panama D j

Latin American Rural Sociological Association

1969 Montevideo Uruguay D

Laudes Foundation

2020 Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Lawyers Alliance for World Security

LAWS 1981 Washington DC USA G

Le Cercle

F cv

Le Corbusier Foundation

1968 Paris France N f

LEADER Inspired Network Community

LINC Hopfgarten im Brixental Austria F c

Leaders and Organizations of Community Organizations in Asia

LOCOA 1993 Quezon City Philippines D

Leadership for Conservation in Africa

LCA 2006 F

League of Canaanite, Phoenician and Punic Cities

LCPPC Paris France E

Learning for Well-being Foundation

L4WB 2004 Amsterdam Netherlands F f


2016 Sollentuna Sweden J v

Let's Promote Europe

LPE 2019 Saarbrücken Germany J

Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali, Guido Carli

LUISS Rome Italy G

Liberian Shipowners Council

LSC 1974 New York NY USA F

Life For Africa

LFA Research Triangle Park NC USA G

Life for Relief and Development

1992 Southfield MI USA G

Lifeboat Foundation

Gardnerville NV USA N f

Lifeline Energy

1998 London UK G f

Lifestyle Medical Global Alliance

LMGA 2015 C


LH 1980 Telluride CO USA G

Lighting Urban Community International

LUCI 2002 Lyon France F

Lightning Strike and Electric Shock Survivors International

LI and ESSI 1989 Jacksonville NC USA N

Ligue Africaine des Blogueurs et Cyber-activistes pour la Démocratie

AFRICTIVISTES 2015 Dakar Senegal F

Lindisfarne Association

1972 Crestone CO USA N

Linguapax International

1987 Barcelona Spain E

Link Community Development

Link 1989 Edinburgh UK F

Lions Clubs International

LCI 1917 Oak Brook IL USA F

Liu Institute for Global Issues

LIGI Vancouver BC Canada G j

Living Knowledge - The International Science Shop Network

2000 Bonn Germany F

Living Tomorrow International

LivTomInt 1991 Vilvoorde Belgium N

Ljubljana Charter on Reforming Health Care in Europe

1996 T g

Local Employment Trading/Energy Transfer System

LETSystems 1987 Maleny QLD Australia F

Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI 1990 Bonn Germany B y

London Action Plan

LAP 2004 E gy