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 Federation of the Deaf

WFD 1951 Helsinki B

World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

WFTGA 1985 Vienna C

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens A yt

World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers

1954 C

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

WFUCA 1981 Hanoi Vietnam E y

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Fish Migration Foundation

Groningen G f

World Food Programme

WFP 1961 Rome F g

World Food Safety Organization

WFSO 2001 D

World for World Organization

WFWO 2001 Rome G

World Foresight Forum

WFF The Hague Netherlands G

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

WGIC 2018 The Hague C t

World Habitat

1976 Coalville UK G f

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Hepatitis Alliance

WHA 2007 London 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 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 C

World Information Service on Energy

WISE 1978 Amsterdam Netherlands F

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY 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 Memom Organisation

WMO 2002 London 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 G

World Nuclear Transport Institute

WNTI 1998 London 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 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 C y

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