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

Asian Cycling Confederation

ACC Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Ecotourism Network

AEN Bangkok Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Federation of Therapeutic Communities

AFTC 1984 Muntinlupa City Metro Manila Philippines E

Asian Fisheries Social Science Research Network

AFSSRN 1983 Serdang Selangor Malaysia F

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT 1967 Pathum Thani Pathum Thani Thailand F j

Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association

AITAA 1969 Pathum Thani Pathum Thani Thailand E j

Asian Institute of Transport Development

AITD 1989 Delhi Delhi India G j

Asian Marine Conservation Association

AMCA 1988 Kolkata West Bengal India G v

Asian Mayors Forum

AMF 2007 Teheran Iran Islamic Rep F

Asian Network of Training and Research Institutions in Educational Planning

ANTRIEP 1995 Delhi Delhi India F

Asian Network of Women's Shelters

ANWS 2012 New Taipei City Taiwan F

Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development

ANGOC 1979 Quezon City Philippines D y

Asian Nuclear Safety Network

ANSN 2002 Vienna Austria F g

Asian Planning Schools Association

APSA 1993 Hong Kong Central and Western Hong Kong D

Asian Professional Security Association

APSA 1994 Petaling Jaya Selangor Malaysia D

Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network

ARRCN 1998 Yasu Shiga Japan F

Asian Regional Association for Career Development

ARACD 1970 Sapporo Hokkaido Japan D

Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives

ARENA 1980 Seoul Korea Rep F

Asian Rural Institute - Rural Leaders Training Center

ARI 1973 Nasushiobara Tochigi Japan E j

Asian Rural Sociology Association

ARSA 1992 Santa Cruz LAG Philippines D

Asian Society of Conservation Medicine

ASCM Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine

ASLM Tsuen Wan Tsuen Wan Hong Kong D

Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe

AUICK 1989 Kobe Hyogo Japan G

Asian Urban Research Association

AURA 1986 Shippensburg PA USA E

Asian-Pacific City Summit

Fukuoka Fukuoka Japan S cg

ASIS International

1955 Alexandria VA USA G v

Asociación Andina de Empresas e Instituciones de Servicio de Agua Potable y Saneamiento

ANDESAPA 1986 Quito Ecuador D

Asociación Boliviana para la Investigación y Conservación de Ecosistemas Andino-Amazónicos

ACEAA 2004 La Paz Bolivia G

Asociación Centroamericana de Sociologia

ACAS 1974 Guatemala Guatemala Guatemala D v

Asociación de Cientistas Sociales de la Religión del MERCOSUR

ACSRM 1994 Buenos Aires Argentina E v

Asociación de Conservación de los Ecosistemas Andinos

ECOAN Cusco Cusco Peru G

Asociación de Facultades de Arquitectura del Sur del MERCOSUR

ARQUISUR 1992 Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay D

Asociación de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe para la Integración

AUALCPI 1993 Bogota Bogota DC Colombia D

Asociación Iberoamericana de Sociologia de las Organizaciones y la Comunicación


Asociación Latina para el Analisis de los Sistemas de Salud

ALASS 1989 Barcelona Barcelona Spain D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Enseñanza e Investigación en Trabajo Social


Asociación Latinoamericana de Metros y Subterraneos

ALAMYS 1986 Madrid Madrid Spain D y

Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Cementerios y Servicios Funderarios

ALPAR 1988 Medellin Antioquia Colombia D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Zoológicos y Acuarios

ALPZA 1990 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Plantas de Rendimiento


Asociación Latinoamericana de Seguridad


Asociación Latinoamericana de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo


Asociación Latinoamericana de Seguridad Vial


Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociologia


Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociologia del Trabajo

ALAST 1993 Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay D

Asociación Panamericana de Tecnólogos Médicos

APTM 1992 D

Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación

APPC 2005 Colón Colon Panama G

Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica

ACCA 1999 Lima Lima Peru G

Assemblée européenne des étudiants en architecture

EASA 1981 S c