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

World Forum for Alternatives

WFA 1997 Dakar Senegal F y

World Forum on Community Networking

WFCN 2001 Montréal QC Canada G

World Foundation for Smart Communities

1997 San Diego CA USA G f

World Free Press Institute

WFPI 1997 San Ramon CA USA G j

World Future Council Foundation

WFC 2007 Hamburg Germany F f

World Geospatial Industry Council

GWIC 2018 Amersfoort Netherlands C t

World Habitat

1976 Coalville UK G f

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Hepatitis Alliance

WHA 2007 London UK B y

World Heritage Centre

WHC 1972 Paris France E g

World Heritage Committee

1976 Paris France E g

World Heritage Fund

1976 Paris France K fg

World Heritage Information Network

WHIN Paris France K

World Heritage Institute of Training and Research - Asia and Pacific

WHITRAP 2007 Shanghai China G gj

World Heritage Watch

WHW 2014 Berlin Germany G y

World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization

WCCO 2009 Yangzhou China C y

World Igbo Congress

WIC 1994 Houston TX USA G

World Indigenous Tourism Alliance

WINTA 2012 Porirua New Zealand C

World Information Service on Energy

WISE 1978 Amsterdam Netherlands F

World Institute for Advanced Research and Science

WIARS N j

World Institute for Nuclear Security

WINS 2008 Vienna Austria E j

World Jewish Restitution Organization

WJRO 1992 Jerusalem Israel D y

World Land Trust

WLT 1989 Halesworth UK G

World Lupus Federation

WLF 2015 Washington DC USA C

World Mayors Council on Climate Change

WMCCC 2005 Bonn Germany E

World Monuments Fund

WMF 1965 New York NY USA F f

World Motor Sport Council

Paris France K

World Naked Bike Ride

WNBR N

World Natural Health Organization

WNHO 1983 Burlington WA USA G

World Nuclear Transport Institute

WNTI 1998 London UK E j

World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society

WOCLS 1980 Stamford CT USA N

World of DMCs

2007 C

World Order Models Project

WOMP 1966 F v

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B

World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments

UCLG 2004 Barcelona Spain B

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies

WOCAT 1992 Bern Switzerland K

World Packaging Organisation

WPO 1968 Vienna Austria C y

World PCO Alliance

Tokyo Japan D

World Pharmacists

1997 Athens Greece G v

World Pheasant Association

WPA 1975 Hexham UK E v

World Public Health Nutrition Association

WPHNA 2006 Peacehaven UK B

World Rainforest Movement

WRM 1986 Montevideo Uruguay F

World Rescue Organisation

WRO 1999 Glasgow UK C

World Resources Forum Association

WRFA 2012 St Gallen Switzerland E y

World Safety and Accidents Prevention Congress

Manila Philippines S c

World Safety Organization

WSO 1975 Warrensburg MO USA F

World Seabird Union

WSU 2010 Clemson SC USA C y

World Seismic Safety Initiative

WSSI 1993 Singapore Singapore K

World Shelter Organization

Bangalore India G

World Sindhi Institute

WSI 1997 Washington DC USA G j

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