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

Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development

SCUPAD 1965 The Hague Netherlands F v

Sant'Egidio

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

Save the Rhino International

SRI 1992 London UK F v

Save the Tiger Fund

STF 1995 Washington DC USA G f

School Nurses International

SNI 1983 J c

School of African Heritage

1998 Porto-Novo Benin G

SCL International

C y

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Sea Turtle Conservancy

STC 1959 Gainesville FL USA G

Sea Watch Foundation

1991 Anglesey UK G fv

Seagrass 2000

Corte France E

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts

SEAMEO SPAFA 1985 Bangkok Thailand E g

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Mathematics

SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics Yogyakarta Indonesia E g

SEAMEO Regional Training Centre, Ho Chi Minh City

RETRAC 1996 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam E g

Search for Common Ground in the Middle East

SCGME Washington DC USA G

Seattle to Brussels Network

S2B 2000 Amsterdam Netherlands F y

Second Additional Convention Respecting the Transport of Goods by Rail

1906 T g

Second Protocol to The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

1999 Paris France T g

Secretaria de Integración Turistica Centroamericana

SITCA 1965 Managua Nicaragua E g

Secretaria Permanente del Tratado General de Integración Económica Centroamericana

SIECA 1960 Guatemala Guatemala E g

Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Ozone Secretariat 1989 Nairobi Kenya E g

Secretariat of the Basel Convention

SBC Geneva Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

SCBD 1993 Montréal QC Canada E g

Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Bonn Germany E g

Secure World Foundation

SWF Broomfield CO USA G f

Security Council Report

SCR New York NY USA E

Security Treaty

1951 T g

Seguridad Humana en América Latina y el Caribe

SEHLAC 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina F

Self Storage Association Asia

SSAA 2014 Sheung Wan Hong Kong D

Servants to Asia's Urban Poor

1983 Vancouver BC Canada G

Serve the City International

2005 Brussels Belgium F

Service Civil International

SCI 1920 Antwerp Belgium B

Service Design Network

SDN 2011 Cologne Germany F

Servicio Latinoamericano, Africano y Asiatico de Vivienda Popular

SELAVIP 1976 Kraainem Belgium F

Serving Europe

1995 Brussels Belgium D

SETAC Latin America

Sao Paulo Brazil K

Settlements Information Network Africa

SINA 1982 Nairobi Kenya F y

Sewa International

1993 New Delhi India G

Share the World's Resources

STWR 2003 London UK G

Shelter Centre

2005 J

Shelter for Life

SFL 1979 Maple Grove MN USA G

Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking

Shift2Rail JU 2014 Brussels Belgium E

Sigma Theta Tau International

1922 Indianapolis IN USA G

Sistema Andino de Integración

SAI 1996 Lima Peru F g

Sister Cities International

SCI 1956 Washington DC USA G

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