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

Multinational Force and Observers

MFO 1981 Rome Italy F g

Mundo Maya Organization

1992 Tegucigalpa Honduras G

Mundus maris

2010 Brussels Belgium F

Municipal Waste Europe

MWE 2008 Brussels Belgium D

Museum With No Frontiers

MWNF 1995 Vienna Austria F

My Drop in the Oceans

MyDIO Geneva Switzerland J

NA'AMAT Movement of Working Women and Volunteers

1921 Tel Aviv Israel G

Naif Arab University for Security Sciences

NAUSS 1978 Riyadh Saudi Arabia E g

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research

1978 Seattle WA USA G

Nationless Worldwide Association

1921 Paris France F v

Natura 2000 Network

1992 Brussels Belgium K g

NatureNet Europe

2004 Tilburg Netherlands F


1994 Arlington VA USA G

Nautilus Institute

1981 Berkeley CA USA G j

Nautilus Peace and Security Network

NAPSNet 1993 Berkeley CA USA G

Neopolis Network

Chicago IL USA N

Netherlands Atlantic Association

1952 The Hague Netherlands G


Baarn Netherlands F

Neturei Karta International

NKI 1938 Monsey NY USA N

Network for Advancement of Transfusion Alternatives

NATA 1998 Paris France F

Network for an Economical and Ecological Habitat

EcoSouth Network 1991 Jinotepe Nicaragua F

Network for Business Sustainability

NBS 2005 London ON Canada F

Network for Social Studies on Disaster Prevention in Latin America

1992 F y

Network for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in research-intensive universities


Network for the European Private Sector in Tourism

NET 1995 Brussels Belgium F y

Network for Water and Sanitation International

NETWAS International 1986 Nairobi Kenya F

Network of Asia-Pacific Education and Training Institutes in Tourism

APETIT 1997 Macau Macau F

Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe

NALAS 2001 Skopje North Macedonia E y

Network of European CNS Transplantation and Restoration

NECTAR 1990 Galway Ireland F

Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas

METREX 1996 Lyon France F

Network of European Regions for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism

NECSTouR 2007 Brussels Belgium F y

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

NJHSA 1939 Paramus NJ USA N

Network of National ITS Associations

ITS Nationals 2004 Brussels Belgium F

Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union

INSULEUR 1999 Chios Greece F t

Network on European Communications and Transport Activity Research

NECTAR 1985 Enschede Netherlands F

Network on Urban Research in the European Union

NUREC 1989 Duisburg Germany F

Network-Association of European Researchers in Urbanisation in the South

N-AERUS 1996 F v

New 7 Wonders Foundation

2001 Zurich Switzerland N f

New Bach Society, International Union

1900 Leipzig Germany E

New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries

ASEAN NCAP 2011 Kajang Malaysia F

New Car Assessment Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin NCAP Montevideo Uruguay F y

New Creation International

NCI 2013 N

New Development Bank

NDB 2014 Shanghai China E g

New Directions in the Humanities Research Network

New Directions in the Humanities 2003 Madrid Spain F

New Europe College, Bucharest

NEC 1994 Bucharest Romania G

New Partnership for Africa's Development

NEPAD 2001 Johannesburg South Africa E g

NewCities Foundation

NCF 2010 Montréal QC Canada F f


2011 Los Angeles CA USA J

NGO Working Group on the Security Council

1997 New York NY USA E y

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

NGOWG 2000 New York NY USA E y