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

Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace

WISCOMP 1999 Delhi India G

Women Living under Muslim Laws

WLUML 1984 London UK F

Women's International Democratic Federation

WIDF 1945 San Salvador El Salvador B

Women's International Motorcycle Association

WIMA 1950 Stonehaven UK D

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva Switzerland F f

Wonderland

2002 Vienna Austria F v

Woodrise Alliance

2017 E y

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 Switzerland G

WorkingAbroad

1997 Lewes UK N

World Academy of Art and Science

WAAS 1960 Puducherry India B v

World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities

WALCC 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 Vernier 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 India B v

World Association for the Protection of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage

WATCH Rome 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 China B

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

WAZA 1946 Barcelona Spain C y

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 Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

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 Switzerland C

World Carfree Network

1997 F

World Centers of Compassion for Children International

WCCCI 1997 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

WCISTCO J

World Cocoa Foundation

WCF 2000 Washington DC USA G f

World Committee on Tourism Ethics

WCTE 2003 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 Switzerland E

World Council for Automobile Mobility and Tourism

Paris France K

World Council of Arameans - Syriacs

WCA 1983 Hengelo Netherlands E

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y

World Council of Muslim Communities

1990 Coral Gables FL USA G

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Cultural Tourism Association

WCTA 2000 Gwangju Korea Rep D

World Cycling Centre

WCC Aigle Switzerland G

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