Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Sustainable Cities & Communities

Goal 11 is about making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Cities represent the future of global living. The world’s population reached 8 billion on 2022 over half living in urban areas. This figure is only expected to rise, with 70 per cent of people expected to live in cities by 2050. Approximately 1.1 billion people currently live in slums or slum-like conditions in cities, with 2 billion more expected in the next 30 years.

However many of these cities are not ready for this rapid urbanisation, and it outpaces the development of housing, infrastructure and services, which led to a rise in slums or slum-like conditions.

Urban sprawl, air pollution and limited open public spaces persist in cities.

Good progress has been made since the implementation of the SDGs in 2015, and now the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies has doubled. But issues still remain and in 2022, only half of the urban population had convenient access to public transport.

Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way urban spaces are built and managed.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

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

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

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 Data Alliance

RDA 2013 Didcot UK C

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