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

United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

Committee of Experts on TDG and GHS 1953 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNCED S cg United Nations Bodies, Conference Series, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

1988 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on International Multimodal Transport of Goods

1980 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on the Liability of Operators of Transport Terminals in International Trade

1991 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNECE 1947 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g UNESCO Bodies, United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Human Settlements Programme

UN-Habitat 1978 Nairobi Kenya E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Mine Action Service

UNMAS 1997 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 New York NY USA E g Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office for Project Services

UNOPS 1973 Copenhagen Denmark E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gjv United Nations Bodies, Institutes, IGOs

United Nations Security Council

UNSC 1945 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa

UNSAC 1992 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology

UNU-MERIT 1989 Maastricht Netherlands E j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security

UNU-EHS 2003 Bonn Germany E j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United States Agency for International Development

USAID 1961 Washington DC USA G g Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United Villages

2011 Geneva Switzerland J

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches

UFMCC 1968 Sarasota FL USA N

Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League of the World

UNIA-ACLW 1914 Philadelphia PA USA G

Universal Reserve

2016 Bad Orb Germany N

Universeum

2000 Amsterdam Netherlands D

University Institute of European Studies, Torino

1952 Turin Italy G j Institutes

UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies

UNU-CRIS 2001 Bruges Belgium E j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

UNWTO Commission for Africa

CAF Madrid Spain K g IGOs

UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific

CAP Madrid Spain K g IGOs

UNWTO Commission for Europe

CEU Madrid Spain K g IGOs

UNWTO Commission for South Asia

CSA Madrid Spain K g IGOs

UNWTO Commission for the Americas

CAM Madrid Spain K g IGOs

UNWTO Commission for the Middle East

CME Madrid Spain K g IGOs

UNWTO Staff Association, Madrid

1976 Madrid Spain G v Staff Associations

UNWTO Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Foundation

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation 2004 Seoul Korea Rep F gf Foundations, IGOs

Urban Affairs Association

UAA 1969 Milwaukee WI USA D

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

URISA 1963 Park Ridge IL USA G

Urban Biodiversity and Design

URBIO 2008 Mumbai India F

Urban Climate Change Research Network

UCCRN New York NY USA N

Urban Data Management Society

UDMS 1971 Delft Netherlands D

Urban Economics Association

UEA D

Urban Environmental Accords

UEA 2012 Gwangju Korea Rep F

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

URBAN FUTURE global conference

UFGC 2014 Vienna Austria S c

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