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


Berlin Germany F

Radionavigation Interstate Council of the CIS

1993 Minsk Belarus E g

Railway Transport Committee of the Maghreb

1964 Algiers Algeria E g

Rainforest Action Network

RAN 1985 San Francisco CA USA F

Rainforest Alliance

1987 New York NY USA C

RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center

ISDP Arlington VA USA G

Range Rover Register

RRR 1985 London UK N

Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

1984 Lund Sweden G j


1973 Arlington VA USA G

Raymond Lemaire International Centre for the Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings

RLICC 1976 Leuven Belgium G

Rayne Foundation

1962 London UK N f


1972 Selkirk MB Canada C


Austin TX USA G


2017 E

Reach Out to Asia

ROTA 2005 Doha Qatar G


1989 Coventry UK G

Recommendation Complémentaire à la Convention Concernant la Sécurité dans L'utilisation des Produits Chimiques au Travail

1990 T g

Red de Acción en Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas de América Latina

RAP-AL 1983 Santiago Chile E

Red de Ciclovias Recreativas de las Américas

Red CRA 2005 Santiago Chile F

Red de Fondos Ambientales de Latinoamérica y el Caribe

RedLAC 1999 Santa Tecla El Salvador F y

Red de Seguridad y Defensa de América Latina Internacional

RESDAL Internacional 2001 Montevideo Uruguay F

Red een Kind

Zwolle Netherlands G f

Red Iberoamericana de Toxicologia y Seguridad Quimica

RITSQ 2006 Madrid Spain D

Red Interamericana de Refugios

RIRE 2006 J

Red Interamericana de Vivienda Saludable

Red VIVSALUD 1995 Lima Peru F

Red Latinoamericana Contra Represas y por los Rios, sus Comunidades y el Agua


Red Latinoamericana de Comercialización Comunitaria

RELACC 1991 Quito Ecuador F

Red Latinoamericana de Servicios de Extensión Rural

RELASER 2010 Santiago Chile F

Red Mercociudades

MC 1995 Montevideo Uruguay F

Red Panda Network

RPN 2007 Eugene OR USA F


Santiago Chile K g


1986 Ribera de Arriba Spain F

Refugee Working Group

RWG 1992 E g

ReGeneration 2030

Mariehamn Finland F

Reggio Terzo Mondo

RTM Reggio Emilia Italy G

Regional Center for Educational Planning

RCEP Sharjah United Arab Emirates E g

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

RCMRD 1975 Nairobi Kenya E g

Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Africa

2014 Algiers Algeria J

Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO

Sofia Bulgaria E

Regional Centre on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development for the Near East

1983 Amman Jordan E g

Regional Centre on Urban Water Management

Cali Colombia G g

Regional Centre on Urban Water Management, Teheran

RCUWM 2002 Teheran Iran Islamic Rep E gy

Regional Commission for Power Integration

1964 Montevideo Uruguay D

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

RCEP 2012 E g

Regional Conference of Ministers of Education and Those Responsible for Economic Planning in Asia and the Pacific


Regional Conference on Migration

RCM 1996 San José Costa Rica E g

Regional Convention for the Management and Conservation of the Natural Forest Ecosystems and the Development of Forest Plantations

1993 T g

Regional Cooperative Program for the Technological Development and Modernization of Coffee Cultivation in Central America, Panama, Dominican Rep and Jamaica

Guatemala Guatemala E g

Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements

CITYNET 1987 Seoul Korea Rep F y

Regional Network Office for Urban Safety

RNUS 2002 Pathum Thani Thailand F