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

Regional Network on Southern European Societies

Dundee UK K

Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

PERSGA 1995 Jeddah Saudi Arabia E g

Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia

Tehran ICH Centre 2010 Teheran Iran Islamic Rep E

Regional Schools and Colleges Permaculture Programme

ReSCOPE Programme 2006 Lusaka Zambia F

Regional Secretary of the Andean Region Architects

1980 E v

Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa

RETOSA 1997 Midrand South Africa D

Regional Trust Fund for the Implementation of the Action Plan for the Caribbean Environment Programme

1981 Nairobi Kenya K fg

Regions of Climate Action

R20 2010 Geneva Switzerland C g

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 Brussels Belgium F

Relais et Châteaux

1975 Paris France F

Renaissance des cités d'Europe

RCE 1987 Bordeaux France G

Rencontre d'évêques des plus grandes villes d'Europe

S c

Rencontres Francophones Transport-Mobilité


Rensselaerville Institute

TRI 1963 Delmar NY USA G j

Research Association for Planning and Building in Developing Countries

Trialog Darmstadt Germany G

Research Association on Monetary Innovation and Community and Complementary Currency Systems

RAMICS 2015 Lyon France C

Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture

IRCICA 1978 Istanbul Türkiye E g

Research Group for an Alternative Economic Strategy

1978 Brussels Belgium G

Research Institute for Peace and Security, Tokyo

1978 Tokyo Japan G j

Réseau Africain des Personnels des Parlements

RAPP 1995 F v

Réseau des Cités Oléicoles de la Méditerranée

ReCOMed 2011 Imperia Italy F

Réseau des Femmes Africaines pour la Gestion Communautaire des forêts

REFACOF 2009 Edéa Cameroon J

Réseau des Organisations de Solidarité Internationale Côte d'Ivoire

ROSI Côte d'Ivoire 2014 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire G

Réseau Européen des Villes and Régions de l'Économie Sociale

REVES 1996 Brussels Belgium F

Réseau Européen des Villes du Vin

RECEVIN 1995 Vilafranca del Penedès Spain F

Réseau habitat et francophonie

RHF 1987 Paris France F

Réseau international d'écoles doctorales en sociologie/sciences sociales

RéDoc Namur Belgium E

Réseau pour l'Intégration des Femmes des Organisations Non Gouvernementales et Associations Africaines



1992 Namur Belgium F

Residence Palace - International Press Centre

Residence Palace - IPC Brussels Belgium G g

Resilience Measurement Evidence and Learning Community of Practice

RMEL CoP 2016 Stockholm Sweden F v


1977 Washington DC USA G

Resort Development Organisation

RDO 1998 London UK D

Restauradores Sin Fronteras

A-RSF 1999 San Sebastian de los Reyes Spain F

Restoration Industry Association

RIA 1946 Washington DC USA N t


2010 Teddington UK G y

RET International

2000 Geneva Switzerland F

Rettet den Regenwald

RdR 1986 Hamburg Germany G

Reunión de Ministros de Obras Públicas y de Transportes de los Paises de l Cono Sur

S cg

Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

2017 T g

RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment

EEIE Milan Italy G j

RICS Europe

1993 Brussels Belgium E

Right Livelihood Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Right Sharing of World Resources

RSWR 1967 Richmond IN USA G

Right to Energy - SOS Future

2000 Montreuil France G


2002 Paris France G

RIPESS Europe - Economy Solidarity Europe

RIPESS Europe 2011 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg E y

RISE Worldwide

Sandwich MA USA N

River Cleanup

2019 Horebeke Belgium G

Road Safety on Five Continents

RS5C 1987 S c