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

Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service

SADCAS Gaborone Botswana E

Southern African Development Community Lawyers Association

Gaborone Botswana D

Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute

SAFCEI 2005 Westlake South Africa G j Institutes

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds

SANCCOB 1968 Cape Town South Africa G f Foundations

Southern African Institute of Forestry

SAIF 1968 Menlo Park South Africa G j Institutes

Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality

SACMEQ 1995 Gaborone Botswana F g IGOs, UNESCO Bodies

Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem

SMOTJ 1804 Lochgelly UK R Religious Orders

Sozopol Foundation

2002 Sozopol Bulgaria G f Foundations

Space for Giants

Nanyuki Kenya G

Special Operations in Rescue Team

2002 Buenos Aires Argentina G

Species Survival Network

SSN 1992 Washington DC USA F y International Federations

Sport and Cooperation Network

1999 Alcobendas Spain G f Foundations

SSE International Forum

2004 Paris France F c Conference Series

Standing Committee to the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

1982 Strasbourg France E gy IGOs, Treaties, International Federations

Standing International Road Weather Commission

SIRWEC 1985 Dorval QC Canada E v

Stanley Center for Peace and Security

1956 Muscatine IA USA G f Foundations

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries

SESRIC Ankara Turkey E g IGOs

Staying Alive Foundation

London UK G f Foundations

Stichting Stem van Afrika

1962 G f Foundations

Strategic Foresight Group

SFG 2002 Mumbai India G

Strømme Foundation

SF 1976 Kristiansand Norway G f Foundations

Student Planning Network

PlaNet 1998 F

Sub Ocean Safety

1994 Lacombe LA USA N

Sulabh International Social Service Organization

1970 Delhi India G

Summit of the Americas Center


Supra Owners' Group International

SOGI 1996 N


2001 Pretoria South Africa G

Survival International

1969 London UK F v Human Rights Organizations


1974 Liverpool UK G

Survivors International

SI 1990 San Francisco CA USA G

Survivors' Rights International

SRI Washington DC USA N Human Rights Organizations

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Sustainability Challenge Foundation

SCF 1994 Tilburg Netherlands G f Foundations

Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry for International Environmental Rehabilitation

SAFIER Maasmechelen Belgium N

Sustainable Energy for All

SEforALL 2011 Vienna Austria E

Sustainable Project Management- Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment

SPM 1994 Rougemont Switzerland F

Sustainable Tourism Certification Alliance Africa

F y International Federations

Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas

STCNA 2003 New York NY USA F y International Federations

Sustainable Transport Africa

Nairobi Kenya G

Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences

SAHSS 1946 Bern Switzerland G

Synchronicity Earth

London UK G

Synowie Matki Bozej Bolesnej

Dolorysci 1880 Warsaw Poland R Religious Orders

Taizé Community

1940 Taizé France R Religious Orders

Tavistock Institute

1947 London UK N j Institutes

TCI Network

TCI 1998 Barcelona Spain E y Institutes, International Federations

Tearfund, Belgium

1979 Vilvoorde Belgium G f Funds, Funds


S c Conference Series

Technical Association of the European Lubricant Industry

1976 Brussels Belgium D

Technical Cooperation Network on National Parks, Other Protected Areas and Wildlife in Latin America and the Caribbean

1983 Santiago Chile E g IGOs

Technology and Action for Rural Advancement

TARA 1985 Delhi India G