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

Urban Land Institute

ULI 1936 Washington DC USA G j Institutes

Urban Planners International

2005 Lyon France N

Urban Saints

Luton UK G


1992 Sassenberg Germany G Human Rights Organizations

Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection

1930 Leiden Netherlands G f Foundations

Vélo mondial

2000 Amsterdam Netherlands F


Brussels Belgium S c Conference Series

Veterans of Safety International

VOS 1941 Warrensburg MO USA G Alumni and Veterans

Vienna NGO Committee on the Family

1985 St Pölten Austria E y International Federations

Village Earth

1993 Fort Collins CO USA G

Village Enterprise Fund

1987 San Carlos CA USA N f Funds

Village Ministries International

Oklahoma City OK USA N


2000 Seattle WA USA G

Villages of Hope-Africa

1999 Mississauga ON Canada G

Vintage Thunderbird Club International

1968 Dearborn MI USA N Clubs

Virtual Biosecurity Centre

VBC 2011 Washington DC USA J y International Federations

VIVAT International

2000 New York NY USA E Human Rights Organizations

Volubilis - Réseau euro-méditerranéen pour la ville et les paysages

Volubilis 1998 Avignon France G

Volunteer Africa

2001 Bakewell UK G

W K Kellogg Foundation

WKKF 1930 Battle Creek MI USA G f Foundations

WASH United

2010 Berlin Germany G


1983 The Hague Netherlands G


1949 La Rippe Switzerland F

Water and Sanitation for Africa

WSA 1988 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso E

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

WSUP 2004 London UK G y International Federations

Water Engineers for the Americas

WEFTA 2002 Santa Fe NM USA G

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

WEDC 1972 Loughborough UK G

WAVE Trust - Worldwide Alternatives to Violence

1996 Croydon UK G

We Effect

1968 Stockholm Sweden G Human Rights Organizations

We Move Europe

WeMove.EU Berlin Germany F

Wellbeing Foundation Africa

ABFA 2004 G f Foundations

West Africa Road Transport Union

WARTU 1989 Lagos Nigeria D Professional Bodies

West African Museums Programme

WAMP 1982 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F v

West African Network on Security and Democratic Governance

WANSED Abuja Nigeria F

West African Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives

WARBICA 1977 Conakry Guinea K

West African Road Safety Organisation

WARSO 2008 D

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West and Central Africa Human Rights Training Institute

WACAHRI 2004 E j Human Rights Organizations, Institutes

West-East Bridges Foundation

2011 Amsterdam Netherlands F f Foundations

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Christ Church Barbados E g IGOs, FAO Bodies

Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation

WHINSEC 2000 Fort Benning GA USA G gj IGOs, Human Rights Organizations, Institutes

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen Netherlands B

WFO - Pan-African Regional Office

1977 Tunis Tunisia K

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

WDC Chippenham UK G

Wheat Initiative

2001 Paris France E

White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood


Whitney R Harris World Ecology Center

1990 St Louis MO USA G

WHO European Healthy Cities Network

WHO Healthy Cities 1988 Copenhagen Denmark E WHO Bodies

WHO Patient Safety

2004 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs, WHO Bodies


San Francisco CA USA G