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

Willy Scharnow-Stiftung für Touristik

WSS 1953 Frankfurt-Main Germany N f

Wings of Hope

WoH 1962 St Louis MO USA G

Winter Cities Institute


Winter Cycling Federation

2013 Oulu Finland G

Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies

WIPCS 1985 Stevens-Point WI USA G j

Wolseley Register

1964 Sowerby Bridge UK N

Womankind Worldwide

1989 London UK F

Women for Genuine Security

1997 Oakland CA USA G

Women in Cities International

Montréal QC Canada G

Women In International Security

WIIS 1987 Washington DC USA F v

Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace

WISCOMP 1999 Delhi Delhi India G

Women Living under Muslim Laws

WLUML 1984 London UK F

Women's International Democratic Federation

WIDF 1945 Sao Paulo SP Brazil B

Women's International Motorcycle Association

WIMA Stonehaven UK D

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva GE Switzerland F f


2002 Vienna Austria F v

Working Community of the Danube Regions

1990 St Pölten Austria F g

Working Community of the Pyrenees

1983 Toulouse France E

Working Group on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests

Montreal Process 1994 Tokyo Japan E

Working Group on Tourism and Development

1977 Basel BS Switzerland G


1997 Lewes UK N

World Academy of Art and Science

WAAS 1960 Puducherry Pondicherry India B v

World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities

WALCC Beijing Beijing China J

World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty

WACAP 1997 New York NY USA F

World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations

YMCA 1855 Geneva GE Switzerland B

World Animal Protection

1981 London UK B

World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training

WAHTT 1969 Trelissac France C y

World Association for Social Psychiatry

WASP 1964 Tiruvalla Kerala India B v

World Association for the Protection of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage

WATCH Rome RM Italy E

World Association for Transport Animal Welfare and Studies

TAWS 1989 Chertsey UK G y

World Association of Soil and Water Conservation

WASWAC 1983 Beijing Beijing China B

World Autism Organisation

WAO 1998 Kuwait Kuwait C

World Bank - WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use

WB - WWF Forest Alliance 1998 Washington DC USA E

World Bicycle Relief

2005 Chicago IL USA G

World Birdstrike Association

WBA 2012 Lisse Netherlands J

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva GE Switzerland C

World Carfree Network

1997 F

World Centers of Compassion for Children International

WCCCI 1997 Galway Co. Galway Ireland G

World Centre of Excellence for Destinations

CED 2006 Laval QC Canada G

World Cities World Class University Network

WC2 University Network 2010 London UK F

World City Ice and Snow Tourism Cooperation Organization


World Cocoa Foundation

WCF 2000 Washington DC USA G f

World Committee on Tourism Ethics

WCTE 2003 Madrid Madrid Spain E

World Community Chaplains

1978 West Hills CA USA N

World Community Development Education Society

WCDES Courtenay BC Canada G

World Community for Christian Meditation

WCCM 1991 London UK N

World Conference of Therapeutic Communities

Katrineholm Sweden S c

World Conference on Transport Research Society

WCTRS 1986 Leeds UK F cv

World Congress Alternatives and Environment

1979 Vienna Austria S cv

World Conservation Trust

IWMC 1994 Lausanne VD Switzerland E