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

Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments

1935 T g

Trickle Up Program

TUP 1979 New York NY USA F

Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management

1996 Falls Church VA USA E g

Trilateral Forum on North Pacific Security

S cg

Tripartite Agreement on Road Transport

1998 T g

Triratna Buddhist Community

1967 Ledbury UK F

Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center

1973 Turrialba Costa Rica E g

Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development in Africa

TICH Kisumu Kenya G j

Trust Fund for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Trust Fund Nairobi Kenya K fg

Tunza Southeast Asia Youth Environment Network

SEAYEN Singapore Singapore F

Turtle Conservancy

TC 2009 Ojai CA USA G

Turtle Conservation Fund

TCF 2002 F f

Turtle Island Restoration Network

TIRN 1997 Forest Knolls CA USA G

Turtle Survival Alliance

TSA 2001 Fort Worth TX USA F


1990 Gillingham UK G

Twelve Gates Foundation

2018 Sunnyside NY USA G f

Twin Cities International Association

TCIA 1991 D

TWOWEEKS International Volunteer Network

TWOWEEKS 2006 Harrow UK J

UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UNEP-WCMC 2000 Cambridge UK E g

UN Nutrition

2020 Rome Italy E y

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

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe

UNESDA 1959 Brussels Belgium E t

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 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 t

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 internationale des services médicaux des chemins de fer

UIMC 1949 Paris France C

Union Méditerranéenne des architectes

UMAR 1994 Paris France 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