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

North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization

NASCO 1984 Edinburgh UK D g

North East Asian Crane Site Network

NEACSN 1997 Tokyo Japan F

North European Cybersecurity Cluster


Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority

NCTTCA 1985 Mombasa Kenya F g

Northern Dimension

ND 1999 F g

Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being

NDPHS 2003 Stockholm Sweden F gy

Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics

NDPTL 2009 Helsinki Finland E g

Northern Forum, The

1991 Yakutsk Russia F

Nothelfergemeinschaft der Freunde

NdF 1945 Düren Germany G

Nubian Vault Association

2000 Ganges France F

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

NPH 1954 Cuernavaca Mexico G

Nuru International

Washington DC USA G

Objectif Tiers-monde

OTM 1975 Luxembourg Luxembourg G

Observatorio Iberoamericano de Seguridad Vial


Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales, Chile

OLCA Santiago Chile G

Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands

OTIE 2007 Palermo Italy F

Ocean Conservancy

1972 Washington DC USA G

Ocean Unite

2015 G


1999 Washington DC USA G


1989 Wädenswil Switzerland G

Oceania Cyber Security Centre

OCSC Parkville VIC Australia G

Oceania Cycling Federation

Prospect SA Australia D

Oceanic Preservation Society

OPS Greenbrae CA USA G


Naples Italy G

Odette International

1985 London UK E

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

OHCHR 1945 Geneva Switzerland E g

OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation

COMSTECH 1981 Islamabad Pakistan E g

Oikos - Cooperação e Desenvolvimento

Oikos 1988 Linda-a-Pastora Portugal G

Oikosnet Europe - Ecumenical Association of Academies and Laity Centres in Europe

EAALCE 1956 Sigtuna Sweden D

Oil Companies' European Association for Environment, Health and Safety in Refining and Distribution

CONCAWE 1963 Brussels Belgium D

OITS/ European Commission for Social Tourism

CETS 1990 Brussels Belgium E

Olof Palme International Center, Stockholm

1992 Stockholm Sweden G

Olof Palme Memorial Fund for International Understanding and Common Security

1986 Stockholm Sweden G f

Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law

IISL 1989 Oñati Spain F j

One World Institute

1978 Øyer Norway G j

ONEARTH Charity Foundation

Geneva Switzerland J f

OneWorld South Asia

OWSA 1999 Delhi India K

Open Access Publishing in European Networks

OAPEN 2009 The Hague Netherlands F fy

Open Africa

1995 Cape Town South Africa G

Open Arms

2015 Barcelona Spain G

Open City International Foundation

FOCA International Matawan NJ USA F f

Open Web Application Security Project Foundation

OWASP Foundation 2001 Wakefield MA USA F f

OpenStreetMap Foundation

2006 Cambridge UK F f

Operation Romanian Villages International

1988 La Louvière Belgium F

Operation Smile

1982 Virginia Beach VA USA G

Orangutan Foundation International

OFI 1986 Los Angeles CA USA F f

Order of St John

1144 London UK R

Orders and Medals Research Society

OMRS Spalding UK G

Organic Crop Improvement Association

OCIA 1984 Lincoln NE USA G

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

OIF 1997 Paris France E g