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 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 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

World Society for Ekistics

WSE 1963 Pune India C v

World Society for Transport and Land Use Research

WSTLUR Montréal QC Canada C

World Society of Victimology

WSV 1979 Holden Hill SA Australia C

World Student Community for Sustainable Development

WSC-SD 2002 Cambridge MA USA F

World Sturgeon Conservation Society

WSCS 2003 Neu Wulmstorf Germany D

World Summit on Accessible Tourism

S c

World Toilet Association

WTA 2007 Suwon Korea Rep D

World Toilet Organization

WTO 2001 Singapore Singapore D

World Tourism Alliance

WTA 2017 Beijing China J

World Tourism Association

WTA 2014 Gwangju Korea Rep C

World Tourism Cities Federation

WTCF 2012 Beijing China C

World Tourism Education and Research Centre

WTERC 1989 Calgary AB Canada G

World Tourism Forum

Salvador Brazil F

World Tourism Forum Lucerne

Lucerne Switzerland G

World Tourism Organization

UNWTO 1975 Madrid Spain B gy

World Transporter Bridges Association

2003 Osten Germany D

World Travel and Tourism Council

WTTC 1990 London UK F v

World Union for Progressive Judaism

WUPJ 1926 Jerusalem Israel C v

World Union of Olympic Cities

2002 Lausanne Switzerland E

World Urban Campaign

WUC Nairobi Kenya E

World Urban Parks

2015 Edmonton AB Canada C

World Villages for Children

1964 London UK N

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