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

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

Universal Reserve

2016 Bad Orb Germany N

Universeum

2000 Amsterdam Netherlands D

Universidad CLAEH

1957 Montevideo Uruguay E v

Universitas 21

1997 Birmingham UK F

University Institute of European Studies, Torino

1952 Turin Italy G j

UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies

UNU-CRIS 2001 Bruges Belgium E j

UNWTO Commission for Africa

CAF Madrid Spain K g

UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific

CAP Madrid Spain K g

UNWTO Commission for Europe

CEU Madrid Spain K g

UNWTO Commission for South Asia

CSA Madrid Spain K g

UNWTO Commission for the Americas

CAM Madrid Spain K g

UNWTO Commission for the Middle East

CME Madrid Spain K g

UNWTO Staff Association, Madrid

1976 Madrid Spain G v

UNWTO Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Foundation

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation 2004 Seoul Korea Rep F fg

Urban Affairs Association

UAA 1969 Milwaukee WI USA D

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

URISA 1963 Park Ridge IL USA G

Urban Biodiversity and Design

URBIO 2008 F

Urban Climate Change Research Network

UCCRN New York NY USA G

Urban Data Management Society

UDMS 1971 Stuttgart Germany D

Urban Economics Association

UEA D

Urban Environmental Accords

UEA 2012 Gwangju Korea Rep F

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

Urban Future global conference

UFGC 2014 Vienna Austria S c

Urban History Association

UHA Glenside PA USA N

Urban Knowledge Network Asia

UKNA 2016 Leiden Netherlands J

Urban Land Institute

ULI 1936 Washington DC USA G j

Urban Saints

Luton UK G

Urbanistes du Monde

UdM 2005 Lyon France N

Urgewald

1992 Sassenberg Germany G

Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection

1930 Leiden Netherlands G f

Vélo mondial

2000 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Velo-city

Brussels Belgium S c

Verra

2005 Washington DC USA F

Veterans of Safety International

VOS 1941 Warrensburg MO USA G

Vienna NGO Committee on the Family

1985 Vienna Austria E y

Village Earth

1993 Fort Collins CO USA G

Village Enterprise

1987 San Carlos CA USA N f

Village Ministries International

Oklahoma City OK USA N

VillageReach

2000 Seattle WA USA G

Villages of Hope-Africa

1999 Mississauga ON Canada G

Villages Unis

2011 Geneva Switzerland J

Vintage Thunderbird Club International

1968 Dearborn MI USA N

Virtual Biosecurity Centre

VBC 2011 Washington DC USA J y

VIVAT International

2000 New York NY USA E

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

WASH United

2010 Berlin Germany G

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