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

Social Science Research Council

SSRC 1923 Brooklyn NY USA G v

Social Science Research Institute, Hawaii

SSRI 1965 Honolulu HI USA G j

Social Services Europe

2011 Brussels Belgium D y

Sociedad Iberoamericana y del Caribe de Restauración Ecológica

SIACRE 2013 Mexico City Mexico D

Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia

ESOCITE 2006 Mexico City Mexico D

Sociedad Mesoamericana para la Biologia y la Conservación

SMBC 1996 D

Sociedad Panamericana de Retinopatia del Prematuro

SPROP 2013 Viña del Mar Chile D

Société d'Ergonomie de Langue Française

SELF 1963 Mantes-la-Jolie France D v

Société des amis de Tyr

Paris France G

Société internationale Leon Battista Alberti

SILBA 1995 Paris France E

Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment

SCOPE G

Society for Conservation Biology

SCB 1985 Washington DC USA F

Society for Conservation GIS

SCGIS 1997 N

Society for Creative Anachronism

SCA Milpitas CA USA N

Society for Development Alternatives

1983 Delhi India G

Society for Ecological Restoration International

SERI 1987 Washington DC USA G

Society for International Development

SID 1957 Rome Italy B y

Society for Participatory Research in Asia

PRIA 1982 Delhi India G

Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions

SRISTI 1993 Ahmedabad India G

Society for Social Studies of Science

4S 1975 Evansville IN USA D

Society for the Conservation of Endangered Carnivores and their International Ecological Study

SPECIES J

Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations

SCRFA Hong Kong Hong Kong D

Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration

SEPI 1983 Baltimore MD USA D

Society for the Preservation of the Natural History Collections

SPNHC 1985 New York NY USA G

Society for the Study of Social Problems

SSSP 1951 Knoxville TN USA G v

Society for Urban Development in East Africa

SUDEA Addis Ababa Ethiopia D

Society for Urban Ecology

SURE 2009 Salzburg Austria C

Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians

SCRT 1971 Wilmington OH USA N

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

SETAC 1979 Brussels Belgium F v

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

SNAME 1893 Alexandria VA USA G v

Sociologists without Borders

2001 Blacksburg VA USA F

Soil and Water Conservation Society

SWCS 1943 Ankeny IA USA G

Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference

2015 S c

Solar Cookers International

SCI 1987 Sacramento CA USA F

SOLIDARIDAD Network

1969 Utrecht Netherlands F

Solidarité internationale des maisons familiales rurales

SIMFR Brussels Belgium K

Solidarité internationale sur les transports et la recherche en Afrique sub-saharienne

SITRASS 1996 Lyon France G

Solidarités International

1991 Paris France G v

Solutions in Organisations Link-up

SOLWorld 2002 Cheltenham UK F

SOS-Kinderdorf International

1949 Innsbruck Austria B

South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme

SACEP 1982 Colombo Sri Lanka F g

South Asia Democratic Forum

SADF 2011 Brussels Belgium F

South Asia Research Network for the Social Sciences and Humanities

SARN New York NY USA G

South Asia Tourism Society

SATS Delhi India N

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation of Architects

SAARCH 1991 Thimphu Bhutan D

South East Europe Transport Observatory

SEETO Belgrade Serbia F g

South Pacific Tourism Organization

SPTO 1983 Suva Fiji E g

Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment

SEARICE 1978 Quezon City Philippines E

Southeast Asia Rescue Foundation

SARF 1982 Tallahassee FL USA N f

Southeast Asian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives

SARBICA 1968 Hanoi Vietnam K

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