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

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 Committee on Human Settlements

1985 New York NY USA E

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

NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

Paris France E y

Nickel Institute

1984 Brussels Belgium F j

Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development

NICCO 1979 Kyoto Japan G

Nordic Association for Architectural Research

1987 D

Nordic Association for China Studies

NACS 1991 Turku Finland E v

Nordic Association for Japanese and Korean Studies


Nordic Association of Conservators - Restorers

1951 Copenhagen Denmark D

Nordic Association of Schools of Social Work

NASSW 1965 Lund Sweden D

Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning and Creativity

2005 Östersund Sweden D

Nordic Committee for Coordination of Electrical Safety Matters

1963 Tønsberg Norway E g

Nordic Conference for Sociology of Religion


Nordic Convention on Social Assistance and Social Services

1994 T g

Nordic Cooperation Archipelago

1978 Nagu Finland D g

Nordic Edge

2015 G c

Nordic House in Reykjavik

NHR 1968 Reykjavik Iceland G g

Nordic House in the Faeroe Islands

1983 Thórshavn Faeroe Is G g

Nordic Housing Administration Meeting

Helsinki Finland S c

Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions

NIIS 2017 Tallinn Estonia G bg

Nordic Logistics Association

NLA 2012 Brussels Belgium D t

Nordic Research Network for Safety and Quality in Healthcare

NSQH 2008 F c

Nordic Safe Cities

2016 Copenhagen Denmark F

Nordic Society for Tourism and Hospitality Research


Nordic Sociological Association

1955 Falun Sweden D

Nordic Tourism Collective

2019 Copenhagen Denmark F

Nordic Traffic Safety Academy

NTSA 2011 E v

Nordic Union Hotels, Restaurants, Catering and Tourism

NU HRCT 1937 Copenhagen Denmark D

Nordic Urban and Housing Research Network

1997 Aalto Finland E c

Nordic Urban Design Association

NUDA 2006 Bjírndalstrae Norway D

Nordic Wood Preservation Council

NWPC 1969 Stockholm Sweden D

Nordic World Heritage Association

2016 Christiansfeld Denmark D


Lund Sweden D

Nordisk Institutt for Studier av Innovasjon, Forskning og Utdanning

NIFU 1996 Oslo Norway G

Nordisk Kärnsäkerhetsforskning

NKS 1977 Røskilde Denmark E g

Nordisk publiseringsnemnd for humanistiske og samfunnsvitenskapelige tidsskrifter

NOP-HS 2000 Oslo Norway E

Nordisk Samarbejdsnaevn for Humanistisk og Samfundsvidenskabelig Forskning

NOS-HS 2003 Helsinki Finland E

Nordisk Transportpolitisk Nettverk

NTN 1998 Aalborg Denmark F

Nordiska Socionomförbunds Samarbetskommitté

NSSK 1970 Stockholm Sweden E

Nordiska Transportarbetarefederationen

NTF 1908 Stockholm Sweden D

Nordregio - an international research centre for regional development and planning

Nordregio 1997 Stockholm Sweden E g

North American and Caribbean Association of Schools of Social Work

NACASSW 1992 St Augustine Trinidad-Tobago E

North American Integration and Development Center

NAID 1995 Los Angeles CA USA G

North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission

NAMMCO 1992 Tromsø Norway E g