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

Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute

SAFCEI 2005 Westlake South Africa G j

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds

SANCCOB 1968 Cape Town South Africa G f

Southern African Institute of Forestry

SAIF 1968 Menlo Park South Africa G j

Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality

SACMEQ 1995 Gaborone Botswana F g

Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem

SMOTJ 1804 R

Sozopol Foundation

2002 Sozopol Bulgaria G f

Space for Giants

Nanyuki Kenya G

Species Survival Network

SSN 1992 Washington DC USA F y

SPMUDA International Organization for Peace and Development

SPMUDA International Dumaguete City Philippines G

SSE International Forum

2004 Paris France F c

Standing Committee to the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

1982 Strasbourg France E gy

Standing International Road Weather Commission

SIRWEC 1985 Dorval QC Canada E v

Stanley Center for Peace and Security

1956 Muscatine IA USA G f

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries

SESRIC Ankara Türkiye E g

Staying Alive Foundation

London UK G f

Stichting Stem van Afrika

1962 G f

Stichting ZDHC Foundation

ZDHC Foundation 2015 Amsterdam Netherlands F f

Stiftung für Ökologische Entwicklung

Biovision 1998 Zurich Switzerland G f

Strategic Foresight Group

SFG 2002 Mumbai India G

Strømme Foundation

SF 1976 Kristiansand Norway G f

Student Planning Network

PlaNet 1998 F

Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung

StfTE 1994 Ammerland Germany G

Sub Ocean Safety

1994 Lacombe LA USA N

Sulabh International Social Service Organization

1970 Delhi India G

Suomalaiset Kehitysjärjestöt

Fingo 2018 Helsinki Finland G

Supra Owners' Group International

SOGI 1996 N


2001 Pretoria South Africa G

Survie pour les peuples menacés

1982 Niederanven Luxembourg N


1974 Liverpool UK G

Survivors International

SI 1990 San Francisco CA USA G

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y

Sustainability Transitions Research Network


Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry for International Environmental Rehabilitation

SAFIER Maasmechelen Belgium N

Sustainable Energy for All

SEforALL 2011 Vienna Austria E

Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

1992 London UK F

Sustainable Mekong Research Network

SUMERNET 2005 Bangkok Thailand F

Sustainable Project Management- Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment

SPM 1994 Rougemont Switzerland F

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

SSI 2010 London UK F

Sustainable Tourism Certification Alliance Africa


Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas

STCNA 2003 New York NY USA F y

Sustainable Transport Africa

Nairobi Kenya G

Synchronicity Earth

London UK G

Tactical Tech

2003 Berlin Germany J

Taizé Community

1940 Taizé France R

Tavistock Institute

1947 London UK N j

TCI Network

TCI 1998 Barcelona Spain E y

Tearfund, Belgium

1979 Vilvoorde Belgium G f


S c

Technical Cooperation Network on National Parks, Other Protected Areas and Wildlife in Latin America and the Caribbean

1983 Santiago Chile E g

Technology and Action for Rural Advancement

TARA 1985 Delhi India G