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

Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

1984 Lund Sweden G j


1973 Arlington VA USA G

Raymond Lemaire International Centre for the Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings

RLICC 1976 Leuven Belgium G

Rayne Foundation

1962 London UK N f


1972 Selkirk MB Canada C


2017 E

Reach Out to Asia

ROTA 2005 Doha Qatar G


1989 Coventry UK G

Recommendation Complémentaire à la Convention Concernant la Sécurité dans L'utilisation des Produits Chimiques au Travail

1990 T g

Red de Acción en Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas de América Latina

RAP-AL 1983 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile E

Red de Ciclovias Recreativas de las Américas

Red CRA 2005 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile F

Red de Fondos Ambientales de Latinoamérica y el Caribe

RedLAC 1999 Panama Panama Panama F y

Red de Seguridad y Defensa de América Latina

RESDAL 2001 Buenos Aires Argentina F

Red een Kind

Zwolle Netherlands G f

Red Iberoamericana de Toxicologia y Seguridad Quimica

RITSQ 2006 Madrid Madrid Spain D

Red Interamericana de Refugios

RIRE 2006 J

Red Interamericana de Vivienda Saludable

Red VIVSALUD 1995 Lima Lima Peru F

Red Latinoamericana Contra Represas y por los Rios, sus Comunidades y el Agua


Red Latinoamericana de Comercialización Comunitaria

RELACC 1991 Quito Ecuador F

Red Mercociudades

MC 1995 Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay F

Red Panda Network

RPN 2007 Eugene OR USA F


Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile K g


1986 Ribera de Arriba Murcia Spain F

Refugee Working Group

RWG 1992 E g

ReGeneration 2030


Reggio Terzo Mondo

RTM Reggio Emilia RE Italy G

Regional Center for Educational Planning

RCEP Sharjah United Arab Emirates E g

Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Africa

2014 Algiers Algeria J

Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO

Sofia Bulgaria E

Regional Centre on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development for the Near East

1983 Amman Jordan E g

Regional Centre on Urban Water Management

Cali Valle del Cauca Colombia G g

Regional Centre on Urban Water Management, Teheran

RCUWM 2002 Teheran Iran Islamic Rep E gy

Regional Commission for Power Integration

1964 Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay D

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

RCEP 2012 E g

Regional Conference of Ministers of Education and Those Responsible for Economic Planning in Asia and the Pacific


Regional Convention for the Management and Conservation of the Natural Forest Ecosystems and the Development of Forest Plantations

1993 T g

Regional Cooperative Program for the Technological Development and Modernization of Coffee Cultivation in Central America, Panama, Dominican Rep and Jamaica

Guatemala Guatemala Guatemala E g

Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements

CITYNET 1987 Seoul Korea Rep F y

Regional Network Office for Urban Safety

RNUS 2002 Pathum Thani Pathum Thani Thailand F

Regional Network on Southern European Societies

Dundee UK K

Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

PERSGA 1995 Jeddah Saudi Arabia E g

Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia

Tehran ICH Centre 2010 Teheran Iran Islamic Rep E

Regional Secretary of the Andean Region Architects

1980 E v

Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa

RETOSA 1997 Midrand South Africa D

Regional Trust Fund for the Implementation of the Action Plan for the Caribbean Environment Programme

1981 Nairobi Kenya K fg

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 F

Relais et Châteaux

1975 Paris France F

Renaissance des cités d'Europe

RCE 1987 Bordeaux France G

Rencontre d'évêques des plus grandes villes d'Europe

S c

Rencontres Francophones Transport-Mobilité