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 Animal Protection

1981 London UK B

World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training

WAHTT 1969 Trelissac France C y

World Association for the Protection of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage

WATCH Rome Italy E

World Association for Transport Animal Welfare and Studies

TAWS 1989 Chertsey UK G y

World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO 1970 St Augustin B yt

World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations

WANGO 2000 Tarrytown NY USA C

World Association of Soil and Water Conservation

WASWAC 1983 Beijing B

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

WAZA 1946 Barcelona C y

World Autism Organisation

WAO 1998 Kuwait C

World Bank - WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use

WB - WWF Forest Alliance 1998 Washington DC USA E

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Bicycle Relief

2005 Chicago IL USA G

World Birdstrike Association

WBA 2012 Bremen Germany C

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Carfree Network

1997 F

World Centers of Compassion for Children International

WCCCI 1997 London G

World Centre of Excellence for Destinations

CED 2006 Laval QC Canada G

World Cities World Class University Network

WC2 University Network 2010 London UK F

World City Ice and Snow Tourism Cooperation Organization

WCISTCO J

World Cocoa Foundation

WCF 2000 Washington DC G f

World Committee on Tourism Ethics

WCTE 2003 Madrid Spain E

World Community Chaplains

1978 West Hills CA USA N

World Community Development Education Society

WCDES Courtenay BC Canada G

World Community for Christian Meditation

WCCM 1991 London UK N

World Conference of Therapeutic Communities

Katrineholm Sweden S c

World Conference on Transport Research Society

WCTRS 1986 Leeds F cv

World Congress Alternatives and Environment

1979 Vienna Austria S cv

World Conservation Trust

IWMC 1994 Lausanne E

World Council for Automobile Mobility and Tourism

Paris France K

World Council for Curriculum and Instruction

WCCI 1970 San Diego CA USA B y

World Council of Arameans - Syriacs

WCA 1983 Hengelo Netherlands E

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y

World Council of Muslim Communities

1990 Coral Gables FL USA G

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Cultural Tourism Association

WCTA 2000 Gwangju Korea Rep D

World Culture Forum

WCF Delhi India G

World Cycling Centre

WCC Aigle Switzerland G

World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments

WeGO Seoul B

World Energy Cities Partnership

WECP 1995 Houston TX USA J

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai D t

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg B yt

World Family Organization

WFO 1947 Paris B

World Farmers' Organisation

WFO 2011 Rome C

World Federalist Movement - Movement for a Just World Order through a Strengthened United Nations

WFM 1946 New York NY F

World Federation of Advertisers

WFA 1953 Brussels Belgium B

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of Great Towers

WFGT 1989 Berlin Germany D

World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants

WFJCSHD 1987 Burlington MA USA E

World Federation of the Deaf

WFD 1951 Helsinki B

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