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


1975 Bayan Lepas Malaysia E

Worldwide Collaborations on Autism Needs

WeCAN Singapore Singapore N

Worldwide Ferry Safety Association

WFSA 2008 Brooklyn NY USA D

Worldwide Life Quality Enhancement Association

Martigny Switzerland G

Worldwide Network of Artists Residencies

Res Artis 1993 Amsterdam Netherlands C

Worldwide Quality EXpress System /Network/

WQXS Network 1995 Brussels Belgium F


1991 Bainbridge Island WA USA N

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

1971 Portland OR USA G


1997 Geneva Switzerland G

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority

1953 Jerusalem Israel G

YMCA Global Community Center

GCC Hiroshima Japan G

YMCA World Urban Network


Young Asian Biological Engineers’ Community


YOUROPE - The European Festival Association

1998 Bonn Germany D

Youth and European Social Work

YES Forum 2002 Stuttgart Germany F

Youth Express Network

Y-E-N 1993 Strasbourg France F

Youth for Habitat International Network

YFHIN 1995 Istanbul Türkiye F

Youth For Public Transport

Y4PT 2009 Sint-Jans-Molenbeek Belgium F

Youth for Road Safety

YOURS 2010 Culemborg Netherlands E

Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action

YUVA 1984 Mumbai India G

Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety

Zeitz Foundation 2008 Nairobi Kenya F f

Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung

ZEI 1995 Bonn Germany G

Zentrum für Wissenschaftliche Kommunikation mit Ibero-America

Tübingen Germany G

Zero Energy Mass Custom Home Network

ZEMCH 2010 E

Zero Waste International Alliance

ZWIA 2003 J

Zircon Industry Association

ZIA London UK C t

Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia

1983 Mosman NSW Australia D