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

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

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 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

Regions of Climate Action

R20 2010 Geneva Switzerland C g

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 Brussels Belgium 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


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 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 des Cités Oléicoles de la Méditerranée

ReCOMed 2011 Imperia 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 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 pour l'Intégration des Femmes des Organisations Non Gouvernementales et Associations Africaines



1992 Namur Belgium 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 Spain F

Restoration Industry Association

RIA 1946 Washington DC USA N t


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

RICS Europe

1993 Brussels Belgium E

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Right to Energy - SOS Future

2000 Montreuil France G


2002 Paris France G

RIPESS Europe - Economy Solidarity Europe

RIPESS Europe 2011 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg E y

RISE Worldwide

Sandwich MA USA N

Road Safety on Five Continents

RS5C 1987 S c

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

RSCAS 1992 Fiesole 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