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

World Tourism Forum

Salvador Brazil F

World Tourism Forum Lucerne

Lucerne Switzerland G

World Tourism Organization

UNWTO 1975 Madrid Spain B gy United Nations Bodies, International Federations, IGOs

World Transporter Bridges Association

2003 Osten Germany D

World Travel and Tourism Council

WTTC 1990 London UK F v

World Union for Progressive Judaism

WUPJ 1926 Jerusalem Israel C v

World Union of Olympic Cities

2002 Lausanne Switzerland E

World Urban Campaign

WUC Nairobi Kenya E

World Urban Parks

2015 Wellington New Zealand C

World Villages for Children

1964 London UK N

World Waterpark Association

WWA 1980 Overland Park KS USA G

World Wide Hearing

WWHearing 2003 Montréal QC Canada E

World Winter Cities Association for Mayors

WWCAM 1982 Sapporo Japan D

World Women's Security Council

WWSC J p

World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls

WWGBP 1970 Berlin Germany E

World's Children

1965 Corvallis OR USA N

Worldwide Collaborations on Autism Needs

WeCAN Singapore Singapore N

Worldwide Life Quality Enhancement Association

Martigny Switzerland G

Worldwide Network of Artists Residencies

Res Artis 1993 Amsterdam Netherlands C

Worldwide Network of Port Cities

1988 Le Havre France D

Worldwide Quality EXpress System /Network/

WQXS Network 1995 Brussels Belgium F

WORLDWISE

1991 Bainbridge Island WA USA N

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

1971 Portland OR USA G

YAAKAARE REDHRCC

1997 Geneva Switzerland G Human Rights Organizations

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority

1953 Jerusalem Israel G

YMCA Global Community Center

GCC Hiroshima Japan G Institutes

YMCA World Urban Network

YMCA/WUN E

Young Asian Biochemical Engineers' Community

YABEC J

Youth and European Social Work

YES Forum 2002 Stuttgart Germany F

Youth Express Network

YEN 1991 Strasbourg France F

Youth for Habitat International Network

YFHIN 1995 Istanbul Turkey F

Youth For Public Transport

Y4PT 2009 Brussels Belgium F

Youth for Road Safety

YOURS 2010 Culemborg Netherlands E

Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action

YUVA 1984 Mumbai India G

Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety

Zeitz Foundation 2008 Nairobi Kenya F f

Zentrum für Wissenschaftliche Kommunikation mit Ibero-America

CCC Tübingen Germany G

Zero Waste International Alliance

ZWIA 2003 C

Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia

1990 Mosman Australia D

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