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

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

RSCAS 1992 Fiesole Italy K

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

RBF 1940 New York NY USA G f

ROFEH International

Brookline MA USA N

Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club

1957 Paulerspury UK N v

Rooftops Canada

1984 Toronto ON Canada G

Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation

1956 Tokyo Japan G f

Round Table on Responsible Soy Association

RTRS 2006 Zurich Switzerland C

Roy Castle International Centre for Lung Cancer Research

1990 Liverpool UK N

Royal Institution of Naval Architects

RINA 1860 London UK G j

Royal Life Saving Society

RLSS 1891 Worcester UK F

Royaumont Foundation for the Advancement of the Social Sciences

1964 Asnières-sur-Oise France G f

RTI International

1958 Research Triangle Park NC USA G

Rural and Urban Resources - Counselling, Outreach and Networking

RURCON 1971 Jos Nigeria G

Rural Investment Support for Europe Foundation

RISE Foundation 2006 Brussels Belgium F f

Rural Sociological Society

RSS 1937 Columbia MO USA G

Rural Tourism International - Training Network

RTI-TN 2005 F

Rural Water Supply Network

RWSN St Gallen Switzerland F


1995 Budapest Hungary E c

Rurality - Environment - Development

RED 1980 Attert Belgium F


2008 Clermont-Ferrand France F

Russia's Institute for Strategic Studies

RISS 1992 Moscow Russia G gj

Russian and Euroasian Security Network

RES Zurich Switzerland G

Sacred Natural Sites Initiative

SNSI Leusden Netherlands J

SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre

SPGRC 1988 Lusaka Zambia E g

SAE International

1905 Warrendale PA USA G v

Safe Blood for Africa Foundation

SBFA 1999 Washington DC USA N f

SAFE Europe

1982 Tetbury UK D

Safe Food Advocacy Europe

SAFE 2015 Brussels Belgium D

Safe Injection Global Network

SIGN 1999 Geneva Switzerland F

Safe Kids Worldwide

1987 Washington DC USA G

Safe Passage International

2016 London UK N

Safe Sport International

SSI Newbury UK C

Safe Water International

SWI Carpinteria CA USA G

SAFE World Headquarters

1994 Springfield OR USA N y


1989 London UK G

Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention

2001 Geneva Switzerland T g

Safety Pharmacology Society

SPS 2010 Reston VA USA G

Saffron Social Development Global Foundation

Saffron SDGF Lagos Nigeria G f

Safina Center

2003 Setauket NY USA G

Sahara Conservation

SC 2004 Saint-Maur-des-Fossés France F f

Sahaya International

1999 Davis CA USA F

SALEM International

1957 Stadtsteinach Germany G

Salvation Army

1865 London UK F

Salvation Army International College for Officers

ICO 1905 London UK K

Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development

SCUPAD 1965 The Hague Netherlands F v


Brussels Belgium E

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

SSM 1958 Moratuwa Sri Lanka G

Save a Family Plan

SAFP 1965 London ON Canada G

Save the Orangutan

Copenhagen Denmark D

Save the People International

SAPI Lausanne Switzerland G