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

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology

UNU-MERIT 1989 Maastricht Netherlands E j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security

UNU-EHS 2003 Bonn Germany E j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches

UFMCC 1968 Sarasota FL USA N

Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League of the World

UNIA-ACLW 1914 Philadelphia PA USA G

Universal Reserve

2016 Bad Orb Germany N


2000 Amsterdam Netherlands D

University Institute of European Studies, Torino

1952 Turin Italy G j Institutes

UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies

UNU-CRIS 2001 Bruges Belgium E j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

UNWTO Commission for Africa

CAF Madrid Spain K g IGOs

UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific

CAP Madrid Spain K g IGOs

UNWTO Commission for Europe

CEU Madrid Spain K g IGOs

UNWTO Commission for South Asia

CSA Madrid Spain K g IGOs

UNWTO Commission for the Americas

CAM Madrid Spain K g IGOs

UNWTO Commission for the Middle East

CME Madrid Spain K g IGOs

UNWTO Staff Association, Madrid

1976 Madrid Spain G v Staff Associations

UNWTO Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Foundation

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation 2004 Seoul Korea Rep F gf Foundations, IGOs

Urban Affairs Association

UAA 1969 Milwaukee WI USA D

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

URISA 1963 Park Ridge IL USA G

Urban Biodiversity and Design

URBIO 2008 Mumbai India F

Urban Climate Change Research Network


Urban Data Management Society

UDMS 1971 Delft Netherlands D

Urban Economics Association


Urban Environmental Accords

UEA 2012 Gwangju Korea Rep F

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

Urban History Association

UHA Glenside PA USA N

Urban Knowledge Network Asia

UKNA 2016 Leiden Netherlands J

Urban Land Institute

ULI 1936 Washington DC USA G j Institutes

Urban Planners International

2005 Lyon France N

Urban Saints

Luton UK G

Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection

1930 Leiden Netherlands G f Foundations

Vélo mondial

2000 Amsterdam Netherlands F


Brussels Belgium S c Conference Series

Veterans of Safety International

VOS 1941 Warrensburg MO USA G Alumni and Veterans

Vienna NGO Committee on the Family

1985 St Pölten Austria E y International Federations

Village Earth

1993 Fort Collins CO USA G

Village Enterprise Fund

1987 San Carlos CA USA N f Funds, Funds

Village Ministries International

Oklahoma City OK USA N


2000 Seattle WA USA G

Villages of Hope-Africa

1999 Mississauga ON Canada G

Vintage Thunderbird Club International

1968 Dearborn MI USA N Clubs

Virtual Biosecurity Centre

VBC 2011 Washington DC USA J y International Federations

VIVAT International

2000 New York NY USA E Human Rights Organizations

Volubilis - Réseau euro-méditerranéen pour la ville et les paysages

Volubilis 1998 Avignon France G

Volunteer Africa

2001 Bakewell UK G

W K Kellogg Foundation

WKKF 1930 Battle Creek MI USA G f Foundations

WASH United

2010 Berlin Germany G


1983 The Hague Netherlands G


1949 La Rippe Switzerland F