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

Lutheran Office for World Community

New York NY USA G

Macedonian World Youth Congress

MWYC 1994 Skopje North Macedonia K

Mad'in Europe

2013 Brussels Belgium J

Maison de sagesse

MdS Etampes France G

Maison du Peuple d'Europe

MPEVH 2014 Brussels Belgium G

Major Cities of Europe IT Users Group

MCE 1982 Bremerhaven Germany F

Major Groups Partnership on Forests

MGPoF Ottawa ON Canada F

Manfred-Hermsen-Stiftung for Nature Conservation and Environmental Protection

2001 Bremen Germany N f

Mangroves for the Future

MFF 2006 Bangkok Thailand E y

Mannheim Center for European Social Research

Mannheim Germany N

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

1969 Manomet MA USA N

Maranatha Community

1981 Manchester UK G

Mare Terra - Fundació Medeterrània

Mare Terra 1999 Tarragona Spain G f

Marianist Lay Communities

MLC 1993 South Bend IN USA K

Marie-Schlei-Verein - Hilfe für Frauen in Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika

1984 Hamburg Germany G

Marine Conservation Institute

1996 Seattle WA USA G j

Marine Conservation Society

MCS 1977 Ross-on-Wye UK G

2008 Zurich Switzerland G


1899 Helsinki Finland G

Maryknoll Sisters of Saint Dominic

1912 Maryknoll NY USA R

Masonic Motorcycle Club International

MMCI Painesville OH USA N

Maternal and Childhealth Advocacy International

MCAI 1995 Achnasheen UK G

Maurice Pate Institute for Human Survival

Redding CT USA G j

Maventy Health International

MHI 2007 Tenafly NJ USA G

Mayors for Peace

1982 Hiroshima Japan F

McKnight Foundation

1953 Minneapolis MN USA G f


1980 London UK G


1991 Barcelona Spain F


1996 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain D

MedEvac Foundation International

2005 Alexandria VA USA G f

Medical Ambassadors International

1980 Salida CA USA G

Medicina Alternativa International

1962 Colombo Sri Lanka F v

medico international

1968 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Mediterranean Action Plan

MAP 1975 Athens Greece F g

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari

Bari MAI 1962 Valenzano Italy E j

Mediterranean Coastal Foundation

MEDCOAST Mugla Türkiye F fy

Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development

MIO-ECSDE 1990 Athens Greece F y

Mediterranean Landscape Charter

Charter of Seville 1993 T g

Mediterranean Society of Lifestyle Medicine


Mediterranean Universities Union

UNIMED 1991 Rome Italy D

Meeting of Directors of United Nations Training, Research and Planning Institutes

S c

Meeting of Ministers Responsible for the Economic Integration of Central America

Guatemala Guatemala S cg

Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Transport in Central America

S cg

Mega-Cities Project

1986 Nyack NY USA F

Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate

MAWAC Paris France C

Mekong Dialogue Institute

2013 Phnom Penh Cambodia N j

Mekong Institute

MI 1996 Khon Kaen Thailand E gj

Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations Association

2004 Paris France F

Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation and Restoration of the Bukhara Deer

2002 Bonn Germany T g

Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation Measures for Marine Turtles of the Atlantic Coast of Africa

1999 Bonn Germany T g