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

Sister Cities International

SCI 1956 Washington DC USA G

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

1852 Mount St Joseph OH USA R

Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary

1803 Brussels Belgium R

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

SCN 1812 Nazareth KY USA R

Sisters of Charity of St Charles Borromeo

1837 Maastricht Netherlands R

Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia

1855 Aston PA USA R

Sisters of St Louis Juilly-Monaghan

1842 Dublin Co. Dublin Ireland R

Sisters of the Holy Cross

Menzingen Sisters 1844 Lucerne LU Switzerland R

Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon, Missouri

CPPS 1845 O'Fallon MO USA R

Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Scranton

IHM 1845 Scranton PA USA R

SITE Institute

2002 Washington DC USA N j

Slovak Heritage and Folklore Society International

SHFSI 1986 Rochester NY USA N

Smart Buildings Alliance for Smart Cities

SBA 2012 Saint-Didier-au-Mont-d'Or France N

Smart City Business America Institute

SCBA 2013 Sao Paulo SP Brazil D j


1980 Brussels Belgium D y

Smokers Association

Bucharest Romania N

Social Progress Imperative

2012 Washington DC USA F

Social Science Research Council

SSRC 1923 Brooklyn NY USA G v

Social Science Research Institute, Hawaii

SSRI 1965 Honolulu HI USA G j

Social Services Europe

2011 Brussels Belgium D y

Sociedad Iberoamericana y del Caribe de Restauración Ecológica

SIACRE 2013 Mexico City CDMX Mexico D

Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia

ESOCITE 2006 Mexico City CDMX Mexico D

Sociedad Mesoamericana para la Biologia y la Conservación

SMBC 1996 D

Sociedad Panamericana de Retinopatia del Prematuro

SPROP 2013 Viña del Mar Valparaíso Chile D

Société d'ergonomie de langue française

SELF 1963 Toulouse France D v

Société des amis de Tyr

Paris France G

Société internationale Leon Battista Alberti

SILBA 1995 Paris France E

Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment


Society for Conservation Biology

SCB 1985 Washington DC USA F

Society for Conservation GIS

SCGIS 1997 N

Society for Creative Anachronism

SCA Milpitas CA USA N

Society for Development Alternatives

1983 Delhi Delhi India G

Society for Ecological Restoration International

SERI 1987 Washington DC USA G

Society for International Development

SID 1957 Rome RM Italy B y

Society for Social Studies of Science

4S 1975 Evansville IN USA D

Society for the Conservation of Endangered Carnivores and their International Ecological Study


Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations

SCRFA Hong Kong Central and Western Hong Kong D

Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration

SEPI 1983 Baltimore MD USA D

Society for the Preservation of the Natural History Collections

SPNHC 1985 New York NY USA G

Society for the Study of Social Problems

SSSP 1951 Knoxville TN USA G v

Society for Urban Development in East Africa

SUDEA Addis Ababa Ethiopia D

Society for Urban Ecology

SURE 2009 Salzburg Austria C

Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians

SCRT 1971 Leesburg GA USA N

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

SETAC 1979 Brussels Belgium F v

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

SNAME 1893 Alexandria VA USA G v

Sociologists without Borders

2001 Blacksburg VA USA F

Soil and Water Conservation Society

SWCS 1943 Ankeny IA USA G

Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference

2015 S c


1969 Utrecht Netherlands F

Solidarité internationale des maisons familiales rurales

SIMFR Brussels Belgium K