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

Twin Cities International Association

TCIA 1991 D

TWOWEEKS International Volunteer Network

TWOWEEKS 2006 Harrow UK J

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UN Environment WCMC 2000 Cambridge UK E g

UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia

SPECA 1998 Geneva Switzerland E g

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y

UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

1961 Bangkok Thailand E g

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi India E g

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

UIL 1952 Hamburg Germany E gj

UNESCO International Research Network on Educational Resources

1992 Braunschweig Germany G

UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development

UNESCO MGIEP 2009 Delhi India E

UNESCO Observatory on Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts and Social Sciences in the Asia Pacific Regions

Melbourne VIC Australia N

UNESCO Office for the Pacific States

1984 Apia Samoa E g

UNIDO International Solar Energy Centre for Technology Promotion and Transfer

ISEC 2006 Lanzhou China E g

Union Cycliste Internationale

UCI 1900 Aigle Switzerland B y

Unión de Escuelas y Facultades de Arquitectura Latinoamericanas

UDEFAL 1994 Concepción Chile D

Union des industries ferroviaires européennes

UNIFE 1975 Brussels Belgium D t

Union des travailleurs espérantistes des pays de langue française

SAT-AMIKARO 1937 Paris France D

Union européenne de cyclotourisme

UECT 2002 Ivry-sur-Seine France D


1959 Brussels Belgium D

Union for Sports, Culture, Tourism International for Posts and Telecommunications

Union SCIPT 1992 Marsa Malta E

Union for the International Registration of Audiovisual Works

1991 Geneva Switzerland F g

Union internationale des architectes

UIA 1948 Paris France B

Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hôtels "Les Clefs d'Or"

UICH 1952 Paris France F

Union méditerranéenne des architectes

UMAR 1994 Beirut Lebanon D

Union nationale des maisons familiales rurales d'éducation et d'orientation

UNMFREO 1942 Paris France G

Union of Arab Chambers

UAC 1951 Beirut Lebanon D

Union of Arab Community-Based Associations

Ittijah Haifa Israel G

Union of European Chambers of Commerce for Transport

UECC 1949 Basel Switzerland D

Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities

1982 Madrid Spain D

Union of Road Transport Associations in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Region

BSEC-URTA 2001 Istanbul Türkiye D

Union of South American Nations

2004 Quito Ecuador D g

Union of the Baltic Cities

UBC 1991 Gdansk Poland D

Union of the Electricity Industry - Eurelectric

1999 Brussels Belgium D t

Unione Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo e La Pace

UVISP-Assisi 1987 Bastia Umbra Italy G

United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific

UCLG ASPAC 2004 Jakarta Indonesia E

United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia

UCLG-MEWA 2004 Istanbul Türkiye E

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa

UCLG Africa 2003 Rabat Morocco E

United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations

UFTAA 1966 Monte Carlo Monaco B

United Kingdom One World Linking Association

UKOWLA 1985 Bridgewater UK G

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy

United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning

1962 Dakar Senegal E gj

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

UNAOC 2005 New York NY USA E gy

United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business

UN/CEFACT 1997 Geneva Switzerland E gt

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development

CSTD 1992 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

Committee of Experts on TDG and GHS 1953 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development


United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

1988 T g

United Nations Convention on International Multimodal Transport of Goods

1980 T g

United Nations Convention on the Liability of Operators of Transport Terminals in International Trade

1991 Vienna Austria T g