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

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 Peru G

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

AUALCPI 1993 Bogota Colombia D

Asociación Iberoamericana de Sociologia de las Organizaciones y la Comunicación

AISOC 1989 D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Cementerios y Servicios Funderarios

ALPAR 1988 Medellin Colombia D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Plantas de Rendimiento

ALAPRE 2012 D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Seguridad

ALAS Miami FL USA J

Asociación Latinoamericana de Seguridad Vial

ALSEV G

Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica

ACCA 1999 Lima Peru G

Associated Country Women of the World

ACWW 1930 London UK B

Associated Research Centres for the Urban Underground Space

Hamburg Canada E

Association Caritative et Humanitaire des Ordres de Chevalerie

ACHOC Saint-Jean de Braye France J Humanitarian Organizations

Association européenne de cyclosport

AEC 2003 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence France G

Association européenne des villes de la toison d'or

1970 Rosières Belgium D

Association for Better Land Husbandry

ABLH 1993 Nairobi Kenya G

Association for Childhood Education International

ACEI 1892 Washington DC USA G Professional Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

Association for Community Colleges

ACC 1999 Skopje North Macedonia D v

Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture

ACADIA 1981 G

Association for Cultural Equity

ACE 1983 New York NY USA N

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 Research and Training on Integration in Europe

1991 Brussels Belgium D

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 François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva Switzerland G Humanitarian Organizations

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 International Federations

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

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