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

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

URISA 1963 Park Ridge IL USA G

Urban Biodiversity and Design

URBIO 2008 F

Urban Climate Change Research Network


Urban Data Management Society

UDMS 1971 Stuttgart Germany D

Urban Economics Association


Urban Environmental Accords

UEA 2012 Gwangju Korea Rep F

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

Urban Future global conference

UFGC 2014 Vienna Austria S c

Urban History Association

UHA Glenside PA USA N

Urban Knowledge Network Asia

UKNA 2016 Leiden Netherlands J

Urban Land Institute

ULI 1936 Washington DC USA G j

Urban Saints

Luton UK G

Urbanistes du Monde

UdM 2005 Lyon France N


1992 Sassenberg Germany G

Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection

1930 Leiden Netherlands G f


1993 Liebefeld Switzerland G

Vélo mondial

2000 Amsterdam Netherlands F


Brussels Belgium S c


2005 Washington DC USA F

Veterans of Safety International

VOS 1941 Warrensburg MO USA G

Vienna NGO Committee on the Family

1985 Vienna Austria E y

Village Earth

1993 Fort Collins CO USA G

Village Enterprise

1987 San Carlos CA USA N f

Village Ministries International

Oklahoma City OK USA N

Village Monde

2010 Québec QC Canada G


2000 Seattle WA USA G

Villages of Hope-Africa

1999 Mississauga ON Canada G

Villages Unis

2011 Geneva Switzerland J

Vintage Thunderbird Club International

1968 Dearborn MI USA N

Virtual Biosecurity Centre

VBC 2011 Washington DC USA J y

VIVAT International

2000 New York NY USA E

Volubilis - Réseau euro-méditerranéen pour la ville et les paysages

Volubilis 1998 Avignon France G

Volunteer Africa

2001 Bakewell UK G

W K Kellogg Foundation

WKKF 1930 Battle Creek MI USA G f

Walk21 Foundation

Walk21 2000 Cheltenham UK F f

WASH United

2010 Berlin Germany G


1983 The Hague Netherlands G


1949 La Rippe Switzerland F

Water and Sanitation for Africa

WSA 1988 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso E

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

WSUP 2004 London UK G y

Water Engineers for the Americas

WEFTA 2002 Santa Fe NM USA G

Water Europe

WE 2004 Brussels Belgium E y

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

WEDC 1972 Loughborough UK G

WAVE Trust - Worldwide Alternatives to Violence

1996 Croydon UK G

We Effect

1968 Stockholm Sweden G

We Move Europe

WeMove.EU Berlin Germany F

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry UK F v

Wellbeing Economy Alliance

WEAll C y

Wellbeing Foundation Africa

ABFA 2004 G f


WFD 1959 Berlin Germany G