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

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


Rensselaerville Institute

TRI 1963 Delmar NY USA G j

Research Association for Planning and Building in Developing Countries

Trialog Darmstadt Germany G

Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture

IRCICA 1978 Istanbul Istanbul Turkey E g

Research Group for an Alternative Economic Strategy

1978 Brussels Belgium G

Research Institute for Peace and Security, Tokyo

1978 Tokyo Japan G j

Réseau banlieues d'Europe

1990 F

Réseau des Cités Oléicoles de la Méditerranée

ReCOMed 2011 Imperia IM Italy F

Réseau des Femmes Africaines pour la Gestion Communautaire des forêts

REFACOF 2009 Edéa Cameroon J

Réseau Européen des Villes and Régions de l'Économie Sociale

REVES 1996 Brussels Belgium F

Réseau Européen des Villes du Vin

RECEVIN 1995 Vilafranca del Penedès Barcelona Spain F

Réseau habitat et francophonie

RHF 1987 Paris France F

Réseau international d'écoles doctorales en sociologie/sciences sociales

RéDoc Montréal QC Canada E

Réseau international des Cités des métiers

2001 Marseille France F

Réseau pour l'Intégration des Femmes des Organisations Non Gouvernementales et Associations Africaines



1992 Lafayette LA USA F

Residence Palace - International Press Centre

Residence Palace - IPC Brussels Belgium G g

Resilience Measurement Evidence and Learning Community of Practice

CoP 2016 F v

Resort Development Organisation

RDO 1998 London UK D

Restauradores Sin Fronteras

A-RSF 1999 San Sebastian de los Reyes Madrid Spain F

Restoration Industry Association

RIA 1946 Washington DC USA N


2010 Teddington UK G y

Rettet den Regenwald

RdR 1986 Hamburg Germany G

Reunión de Ministros de Obras Públicas y de Transportes de los Paises de l Cono Sur

S cg

Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

2017 T g

Riders for Health

RFH Milton Keynes UK F

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Right to Energy - SOS Future

2000 Montreuil France G

Rights Equality and Diversity

RED Network F y


2002 Paris France G

RISE Worldwide

Sandwich MA USA N

Road Safety on Five Continents

RS5C 1987 S c

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

RSCAS 1992 Fiesole FI Italy K

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

RBF 1940 New York NY USA G f

ROFEH International

Brookline MA USA N

Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club

1957 Paulerspury UK N v

Rooftops Canada

1984 Toronto ON Canada G

Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation

1956 Tokyo Japan G f

Roy Castle International Centre for Lung Cancer Research

1990 Liverpool UK N

Royal Institution of Naval Architects

RINA 1860 London UK G j

Royal Life Saving Society

RLSS 1891 Worcester UK F

Royaumont Foundation for the Advancement of the Social Sciences

1964 Asnières-sur-Oise France G f

RTI International

1958 Research Triangle Park NC USA G

Rural and Urban Resources - Counselling, Outreach and Networking

RURCON 1971 Jos Plateau Nigeria G

Rural Sociological Society

RSS 1937 Columbia MO USA G

Rural Tourism International - Training Network

RTI-TN 2005 F

Rural Water Supply Network

RWSN St Gallen SG Switzerland F


1995 Budapest Hungary E c