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

Organization for Community Networks

OFCN 1997 N

Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development

OPAD Stockholm Sweden G

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

OSCE 1975 Vienna Austria F g

Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa

OSSREA 1980 Addis Ababa Ethiopia D y

Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities

OICC 1978 Makkah Saudi Arabia E

Organization of World Heritage Cities

OWHC 1993 Québec QC Canada C

Organizzazione per lo Sviluppo Globale di Comunità in Paesi Extraeuropei

OVERSEAS 1971 Spilamberto Italy G

Oriental Numismatic Society

ONS 1970 C v

Orphans Care Federation

OCF 2017 London UK J

OSCE - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

OSCE/ODIHR 1990 Warsaw Poland E g

Osho Commune International

OSHO 1974 Pune India K

Out of the Box International

OTB Brussels Belgium J

Outreach Aid To The Americas

OAA 1994 Miami FL USA N

Outreach International

1979 Kansas City MO USA G

Overbrook Foundation

1948 New York NY USA G f

Overseas Development Institute

ODI 1960 London UK G j

Oxfam Australia

1953 Carlton VIC Australia G f

Pacific and Asian American Center for Theology and Strategies, USA

PACTS 1972 Honolulu HI USA G

Pacific Area Travel Writers Association

PATWA Delhi India G

Pacific Asia Travel Association

PATA 1951 Bangkok Thailand D

Pacific Community

SPC 1947 Nouméa New Caledonia D g

Pacific Development and Conservation Trust

PDCT 1989 Wellington New Zealand G

Pacific Forum International

1975 Honolulu HI USA G

Pacific Institute

1987 Oakland CA USA G j

Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network

PIFON 2009 Nadi Fiji F

Pacific Islands Development Forum

PIDF 2012 Suva Fiji F g

Pacific Maritime Transport Alliance

PMTA 1978 Suva Fiji D

Pacific Organic & Ethical Trade Community

POETCom Nouméa New Caledonia D t

Pacific Peace Working Group

PPWG 1984 Denman Is BC Canada F v

Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development

PRCUD 1989 Los Angeles CA USA D

Pacific Rim Park


Pacific Rim Vetiver Network

PRVN 1966 Bangkok Thailand F

Pacific Salmon Commission

PSC 1985 Vancouver BC Canada G bg

Pacific Science Association

PSA 1920 Honolulu HI USA C

Pacific Sociological Association

PSA 1929 Arcata CA USA N

Pacific Tourism Organization

SPTO 1983 Suva Fiji E g

Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect Network

PABITRA 1997 Adelaide SA Australia F

Paddle Steamer Preservation Society

1959 Godalming UK N

Paleopathology Association

1973 Durham UK F v

Pan African Conservation Network, Kenya


Pan African Institute for Entrepreneurship and Community Development

Pan African Institute Abuja Nigeria G j

Pan American Cycling Confederation

1922 Havana Cuba D

Pan American Federation of Architects' Associations

1920 Montevideo Uruguay D

Pan American Health Organization

PAHO 1947 Washington DC USA E g

Pan American Surf Association

PASA 1992 Lima Peru D

Pan-Asia Risk and Insurance Management Association

PARIMA Singapore Singapore D

Pan-European Network for Care of Survivors after Childhood and Adolescent Cancer

PanCare 2008 Bussum Netherlands D

Pantera International

PI 1975 Fillmore CA USA N

Parc des trois pays - Espace ouvert sans frontières

1993 Eupen Belgium F g

Parlamento Latinoamericano

PARLATINO 1964 Panama Panama F g