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


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

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

We Move Europe

WeMove.EU Berlin Germany F

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry UK F v

Wellbeing Economy Alliance

WEAll C y

Wellbeing Foundation Africa

ABFA 2004 G f


WFD 1959 Berlin Germany G

West Africa Road Transport Union

WARTU 1989 Lagos Nigeria D

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

West-East Bridges Foundation

2011 Amsterdam Netherlands F f

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Bridgetown Barbados E g

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen Netherlands B

WFO - Pan-African Regional Office

1977 Tunis Tunisia K


Brussels Belgium D

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

WDC Chippenham UK G

Wheat Initiative

2001 Paris France E

White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

WRA Washington DC USA F

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 Patient Safety

2004 Geneva Switzerland E g


San Francisco CA USA G

Wildcare Africa Trust

1986 Lynn East South Africa G

Wildcat Foundation

Alexandria VA USA G f

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

WWT 1946 Slimbridge UK G

Wildlife Conservation Global

Jacksonville FL USA G

Wildlife Conservation Network

WCN 2002 San Francisco CA USA G

Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS 1895 New York NY USA G

Wildlife Disease Association

WDA 1951 Lawrence KS USA C v

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

WMO Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme

AREP Geneva Switzerland K g

Wolseley Register

1964 Sowerby Bridge UK N

Women for Genuine Security

1997 Oakland CA USA G

Women for Water Partnership

WfWfP 2004 The Hague Netherlands F

Women in Cities International

Montréal QC Canada G

Women In International Security

WIIS 1987 Washington DC USA F v