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

Tripartite Agreement on Road Transport

1998 T g IGOs, Treaties

Triratna Buddhist Community

1967 Ledbury UK F

Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center

1973 Turrialba Costa Rica E g IGOs, Institutes

Tropical Biology Association

TBA 1990 Cambridge UK D Human Rights Organizations

Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development in Africa

TICH Kisumu Kenya G j Institutes

Trust Fund for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Trust Fund Nairobi Kenya K gf IGOs, Funds, Foundations

Turtle Conservancy

TC 2009 Ojai CA USA G

Turtle Conservation Fund

TCF 2002 F f Funds, Funds

Turtle Island Restoration Network

TIRN 1997 Forest Knolls CA USA G

Turtle Survival Alliance

TSA 2001 Fort Worth TX USA F

TUSK

1990 Gillingham UK G

Twelve Gates Foundation

Sunnyside NY USA G f

Twin Cities International Association

TCIA 1991 D

TWOWEEKS International Volunteer Network

TWOWEEKS 2006 Harrow UK G

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UN Environment WCMC 2000 Cambridge UK E g IGOs, United Nations Bodies

UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia

SPECA 1998 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

1961 Bangkok Thailand E g IGOs, UNESCO Bodies

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi India E g IGOs, UNESCO Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

UNESCO International Research Network on Educational Resources

1992 Braunschweig Germany G UNESCO Bodies

UNESCO Observatory on Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts and Social Sciences in the Asia Pacific Regions

Melbourne Australia N UNESCO Bodies

UNESCO Office for the Pacific States

1984 Apia Samoa E g IGOs, UNESCO Bodies

UNIDO International Solar Energy Centre for Technology Promotion and Transfer

ISEC 2006 Lanzhou China E g IGOs

Union Cycliste Internationale

UCI 1900 Aigle Switzerland B y International Federations

Union for Sports, Culture, Tourism International for Posts and Telecommunications

Union SCIPT 1992 Marsa Malta E Staff Associations

Union for the International Registration of Audiovisual Works

1991 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

Union internationale des wagons-privés

1950 Brussels Belgium D

Union nationale des maisons familiales rurales d'éducation et d'orientation

UNMFREO 1942 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations

Union of Arab Chambers

UAC 1951 Beirut Lebanon D

Union of Arab Community-Based Associations

Ittijah Haifa Israel G

Union of European Chambers of Commerce for Transport

UECC 1949 Basel Switzerland D

Union of Latin American Schools and Faculties of Architecture

1994 Concepción Chile D

Union of Mediterranean Architects

1994 Beirut Lebanon D

Union of Road Transport Associations in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Region

BSEC-URTA 2001 Istanbul Turkey D

Union of South American Nations

2004 D g IGOs, Intergovernmental Communities, Common Markets and Free Trade Zones

Union of the Baltic Cities

UBC 1991 Gdansk Poland D Clubs

Unione Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo e La Pace

UVISP-Assisi 1987 Bastia Umbra Italy G

United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific

UCLG ASPAC 2004 Jakarta Indonesia E

United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia

UCLG-MEWA 2004 Istanbul Turkey E

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa

UCLG Africa 2003 Rabat Morocco E

United Families International

UFI 1978 Gilbert AZ USA F Humanitarian Organizations

United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations

UFTAA 1966 Monaco Monaco B

United Kingdom One World Linking Association

UKOWLA 1985 Bridgewater UK G

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy IGOs, Intergovernmental Communities, United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, International Federations, United Nations Bo

United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning

1962 Dakar Senegal E gj IGOs, United Nations Bodies, Institutes

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

UNAOC 2005 New York NY USA E gy IGOs, United Nations Bodies, International Federations

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F gf IGOs, Funds, United Nations Bodies

United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

UN-REDD Programme 2008 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs, United Nations Bodies

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 IGOs, United Nations Bodies

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

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

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

1988 T g IGOs, United Nations Bodies, Treaties

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