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

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

UNMFREO 1942 Paris France G

Union of Arab Chambers

UAC 1951 Beirut Beirut Lebanon D

Union of Arab Community-Based Associations

Ittijah Haifa Israel G

Union of European Chambers of Commerce for Transport

UECC 1949 Basel BS Switzerland D

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

BSEC-URTA 2001 Istanbul Istanbul Turkey D

Union of South American Nations

2004 Quito Ecuador D g

Union of the Baltic Cities

UBC 1991 Gdansk Poland D

Unione Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo e La Pace

UVISP-Assisi 1987 Bastia Umbra PG 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 Istanbul Turkey E

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa

UCLG Africa 2003 Rabat Morocco E

United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations

UFTAA 1966 Monte Carlo Monaco B

United Kingdom One World Linking Association

UKOWLA 1985 Bridgewater UK G

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy

United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning

1962 Dakar Senegal E gj

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

UNAOC 2005 New York NY USA E gy

United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business

UN/CEFACT 1997 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F fg

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 GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNCED S cg

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

1988 T g

United Nations Convention on International Multimodal Transport of Goods

1980 T g

United Nations Convention on the Liability of Operators of Transport Terminals in International Trade

1991 Vienna Austria T g

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNECE 1947 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP 1972 Nairobi Kenya E g

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Human Settlements Programme

UN-Habitat 1978 Nairobi Kenya E g

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

UNITAR 1963 Geneva GE Switzerland E gj

United Nations Mine Action Service

UNMAS 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Project Services

UNOPS 1973 Copenhagen Denmark E g

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva GE Switzerland E gjv

United Nations Security Council

UNSC 1945 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Security Council Military Staff Committee

MSC 1946 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa

UNSAC 1992 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology

UNU-MERIT 1989 Maastricht Netherlands E j

United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security

UNU-EHS 2003 Bonn Germany E j

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g

United States Agency for International Development

USAID 1961 Washington DC USA G g

United World Wrestling

UWW 1912 Corsier-sur-Vevey VD Switzerland B

UnitedSuccess

2008 J v

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g

Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches

UFMCC 1968 Sarasota FL USA N

Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League of the World

UNIA-ACLW 1914 Philadelphia PA USA G

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