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

Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst

AECC 1985 Brussels Belgium D

Association for European Transport

AET 1998 Henley-in-Arden UK D

Association for Preservation Technology International

APT International 1968 Springfield IL USA G

Association for Safe International Road Travel

ASIRT 1995 Potomac MD USA G

Association for Security in HealthCare Information Systems

ASHCS Brussels Belgium J

Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine

AAAM 1957 Barrington IL USA G

Association for the Cohesive Development of the Amazon

1985 Manaus Brazil G

Association for the Conservation of the Cultural Patrimony of the Americas

1989 Washington DC USA G v

Association for the Promotion of African Community Initiatives

1980 F

Association for the Sociology of Religion

ASR 1938 Muncie IN USA N

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

ASALH 1915 Washington DC USA G

Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations

ASCAC Los Angeles CA USA G

Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research

ATLAS 1991 Arnhem Netherlands D

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

ATBC 1963 Sao Paulo Brazil C

Association franco-européenne de Waterloo

1986 Nivelles Belgium G

Association francophone du tourisme d'affaires

AFTA 2003 Paris France G

Association international du Clocher de Collioure

2016 Collioure France N

Association Internationale des Journalistes de Cyclisme

AIJC Champigny-sur-Marne France D

Association of African Planning Schools

AAPS 2002 Rondebosch South Africa D

Association of Applied Biologists

AAB 1904 Wellesbourne UK G

Association of Asia Pacific Airlines

AAPA 1966 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia D

Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils

AASSREC 1973 Canberra Australia D

Association of Caribbean Social Work Educators

ACSWE 1997 Kingston Jamaica E

Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management

ACR+ 1994 Brussels Belgium D y

Association of Cities and Regions Hosting an International Exhibition

2002 Paris France D

Association of College and University Housing Officers - International

ACUHO-I 1951 Columbus OH USA N

Association of Destination Management Executives International

ADMEI 1995 Bastrop TX USA G

Association of Enterprise Architects

AEA J

Association of European Automative and Industrial Battery Manufacturers

EUROBAT 1968 Brussels Belgium D

Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry

1958 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

Association of European Manufacturers of Fire and Security Systems

EURALARM 1970 Zug Switzerland D

Association of European Manufacturers of Gas Meters, Gas Pressure Regulators, Safety Devices and Stations

FARECOGAZ 1968 Cologne Germany D

Association of European Schools of Planning

AESOP 1987 Porto Portugal D

Association of European Vehicle Logistics

ECG 1997 Brussels Belgium D

Association of Global Automakers

1964 Washington DC USA G

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions

AGRM 1913 Colorado Springs CO USA G

Association of Landscape Architects of the Community of Independent States

ALACIS Moscow Russia N

Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports

MedCruise 1996 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain D

Association of Museums and Castles around the Baltic Sea

1991 Bauska Latvia D

Association of Muslim Social Scientists, UK

AMSS UK 1999 Richmond UK G

Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International

APCO International 1935 Daytona Beach FL USA N

Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe

ASCE 2001 Maribor Slovenia D

Association of Universities Entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin-America

1985 Caracas Venezuela E y International Federations

Association of Working Communities of the Alpine Regions

1989 Innsbruck Austria E

Association ouvrière des compagnons du devoir du Tour de France

AOCDTF 1941 Paris France N

Association pour l'action de développement communautaire

AADC 1980 Monceau-sur-Sambre Belgium G

Association pour la promotion de l'enseignement et de la recherche en aménagement et urbanisme

APERAU 1984 Brussels Belgium D

Association pour la réhabilitation et le transfert humanitaires d'équipements médicaux et d'installations de santé

ARTHEMIS 1997 N Humanitarian Organizations

Associazione Comunità Papa Giovanni

Rimini Italy G

ASTP-Proton

2013 Leiden Netherlands F

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