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 Type III

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Mathematics

SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics Yogyakarta Indonesia E g IGOs

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Science

SEAMEO QITEP in Science 2009 Bandung Indonesia E gv IGOs

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Educational Personnel in Language

SEAMEO QITEP in Language 2009 Jakarta Indonesia E g IGOs

SEAMEO Regional Training Centre, Ho Chi Minh City

RETRAC 1996 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam E g IGOs

Search for Common Ground in the Middle East

SCGME Washington DC USA G

Second Additional Convention Respecting the Transport of Goods by Rail

1906 T g IGOs, Treaties

Second Protocol to The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

1999 Paris France T g IGOs, Treaties

Secretariat of Central American Tourism Integration

1965 Managua Nicaragua E g IGOs

Secretariat of the Basel Convention

SBC Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs, Treaties

Secretariat of the Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland Switzerland E g IGOs, Treaties

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

SCBD 1993 Montréal QC Canada E g IGOs, Treaties

Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Bonn Germany E g IGOs, Treaties

Secure World Foundation

SWF Broomfield CO USA G f Foundations

Security and Defense Network of Latin America

2001 Buenos Aires Argentina F

Security Council Report

SCR New York NY USA E

Security Treaty

1951 T g IGOs, Treaties

SEE Change Net Foundation

2012 Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina G f Foundations

Self Storage Association Asia

SSAA 2014 Sheung Wan Hong Kong D

Servants to Asia's Urban Poor

1983 Vancouver BC Canada G

Serve the City International

2005 Brussels Belgium F

Service Design Network

SDN 2011 Cologne Germany F

Service latinoaméricain, africain et asiatique des habitations sociales

1976 Kraainem Belgium F

SETAC Latin America

Sao Paulo Brazil K

Settlements Information Network Africa

SINA 1982 Nairobi Kenya F y International Federations

Shack-Slum Dwellers International

SDI 1996 Cape Town South Africa F

Share the World's Resources

STWR 2003 London UK G

Shelter Centre

2005 E

Shelter for Life

SFL 1979 Maple Grove MN USA G Humanitarian Organizations

ShelterBox

2000 Truro UK G Humanitarian Organizations

Shoah Memorial

Paris France G

Sigma Theta Tau International

1922 Indianapolis IN USA G Alumni and Veterans

Sister Cities International

SCI 1956 Washington DC USA G

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

1852 Mount St Joseph OH USA R Religious Orders

Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary

1803 Brussels Belgium R Religious Orders

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

SCN 1812 Nazareth KY USA R Religious Orders

Sisters of Charity of St Charles Borromeo

1837 Maastricht Netherlands R Religious Orders

Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia

1855 Aston PA USA R Religious Orders

Sisters of St Louis Juilly-Monaghan

1842 Dublin Ireland R Religious Orders

Sisters of the Holy Cross

Menzingen Sisters 1844 Lucerne Switzerland R Religious Orders

Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon, Missouri

CPPS 1845 O'Fallon MO USA R Religious Orders

Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Scranton

IHM 1845 Scranton PA USA R Religious Orders

SITE Institute

2002 Washington DC USA N j Institutes

Skål International

1934 Brussels Belgium B Clubs

Slovak Heritage and Folklore Society International

SHFSI 1986 Rochester NY USA N

Smart Buildings Alliance for Smart Cities

SBA 2012 Saint-Didier-au-Mont-d'Or France N

Smart City Business America Institute

SCBA 2013 Sao Paulo Brazil D j Institutes

Smokers Association

Bucharest Romania N Human Rights Organizations

Social Progress Imperative

2012 Washington DC USA F

Social Science Research Council

SSRC 1923 New York NY USA G v

Social Science Research Institute, Hawaii

SSRI 1965 Honolulu HI USA G j Institutes

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