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

Species Survival Network

SSN 1992 Washington DC USA F y

SSE International Forum

2004 Paris France F c

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

1982 Strasbourg France E gy

Standing International Road Weather Commission

SIRWEC 1985 Dorval QC Canada E v

Stanley Center for Peace and Security

1956 Muscatine IA USA G f

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

SESRIC Ankara Ankara Turkey E g

Staying Alive Foundation

London UK G f

Stichting Stem van Afrika

1962 G f

Strategic Foresight Group

SFG 2002 Mumbai Maharashtra India G

Strømme Foundation

SF 1976 Kristiansand Norway G f

Student Planning Network

PlaNet 1998 F

Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung

StfTE 1994 Ammerland Germany G

Sub Ocean Safety

1994 Lacombe LA USA N

Sulabh International Social Service Organization

1970 Delhi Delhi India G

Summit of the Americas Center


Supra Owners' Group International

SOGI 1996 N


2001 Pretoria South Africa G

Survie pour les peuples menacés

1982 Niederanven Luxembourg N


1974 Liverpool UK G

Survivors International

SI 1990 San Francisco CA USA G

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y

Sustainability Challenge Foundation

SCF 1994 Tilburg Netherlands G f

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 VD Switzerland F

Sustainable Tourism Certification Alliance Africa

F y

Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas

STCNA 2003 New York NY USA F y

Sustainable Transport Africa

Nairobi Kenya G

Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences

SAHSS 1946 Bern BE Switzerland G

Synchronicity Earth

London UK G

Taizé Community

1940 Taizé France R

Tavistock Institute

1947 London UK N j

TCI Network

TCI 1998 Barcelona Barcelona Spain E y

Tearfund, Belgium

1979 Vilvoorde Belgium G f


S c

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

1983 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile E g

Technology and Action for Rural Advancement

TARA 1985 Delhi Delhi India G

Ten Thousand Villages

1946 Akron PA USA G

TensiNet Association

Brussels Belgium D

Terre des hommes Foundation

Tdh Foundation 1960 Lausanne VD Switzerland F f

The Bridge: Jewish and Arab Women for Peace in the Middle East

1975 Haifa Israel K v

The BulLion Foundation

2013 Fort Lee NJ USA G

The Conservation Foundation, UK

1982 London UK G f

The European Travel Agents' and Tour Operators' Associations

ECTAA 1961 Brussels Belgium E

The International NanoScience Community

TINC 2007 F

The Long Run

2009 London UK J

The Mothers' Union

1876 London UK F v

The Nature Conservancy

TNC 1951 Arlington VA USA G

The Rockefeller Foundation

1913 New York NY USA F f

The Vetiver Network International

TVNI 1989 San Antonio TX USA F