Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Sustainable Cities & Communities

Goal 11 is about making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Cities represent the future of global living. The world’s population reached 8 billion on 2022 over half living in urban areas. This figure is only expected to rise, with 70 per cent of people expected to live in cities by 2050. Approximately 1.1 billion people currently live in slums or slum-like conditions in cities, with 2 billion more expected in the next 30 years.

However many of these cities are not ready for this rapid urbanisation, and it outpaces the development of housing, infrastructure and services, which led to a rise in slums or slum-like conditions.

Urban sprawl, air pollution and limited open public spaces persist in cities.

Good progress has been made since the implementation of the SDGs in 2015, and now the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies has doubled. But issues still remain and in 2022, only half of the urban population had convenient access to public transport.

Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way urban spaces are built and managed.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Association européenne de transfert embryonnaire

AETE Paris France D

Association européenne des formateurs du transport

EuroTra 1990 Brussels Belgium D

Association Européenne des Régies de Quartier

AERDQ Paris France G

Association Européenne des Trésors et Musées d'Eglises

Europae Thesauri 2004 D

Association européenne des villes de la toison d'or

1970 Rosières Belgium D

Association européenne pour le fleurissement et le paysage

AEFP 1996 D

Association for Better Land Husbandry

ABLH 1993 Nairobi Kenya G

Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture


Association for Cultural Equity

ACE 1983 New York NY USA N

Association for European Transport

AET 1998 Newbury UK D

Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas

APOYOnline 1989 Rockville MD USA G v

Association for Preservation Technology International

APT International 1968 Washington DC USA G

Association for Safe International Road Travel

ASIRT 1995 Potomac MD USA G

Association for Security in HealthCare Information Systems

ASHCS Brussels Belgium J

Association for Teacher Education in Europe

ATEE 1976 Brussels Belgium D

Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine

AAAM 1957 Barrington IL USA G

Association for the Cohesive Development of the Amazon

1985 Manaus Brazil G

Association for the Promotion of African Community Initiatives

1980 F

Association for the Sociology of Religion

ASR 1938 Muncie IN USA N

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

ASALH 1915 Washington DC USA G

Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations

ASCAC Los Angeles CA USA G

Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research

ATLAS 1991 Arnhem Netherlands D

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

ATBC 1963 C

Association for World Education

AWE 1970 Portland ME USA C

Association Française d'Études Européennes

AFÉE 1965 Pessac France G

Association franco-européenne de Waterloo

1986 Nivelles Belgium G

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva Switzerland G

Association francophone du tourisme d'affaires

AFTA 2003 Paris France G

Association international du Clocher de Collioure

2016 Collioure France N

Association internationale d'experts scientifiques du tourisme

AIEST 1951 St Gallen Switzerland C v

Association internationale des anciens d'EUROCONTROL

AIAE 1984 Brussels Belgium E v

Association internationale des démographes de langue française

AIDELF 1978 Aubervilliers France C v

Association Internationale des Journalistes de Cyclisme

AIJC Champigny-sur-Marne France D

Association Internationale des Skål Clubs

AISC 1934 Torremolinos Spain B

Association internationale des sociologues de langue française

AISLF 1958 Toulouse France C v

Association internationale pour la sécurité du transport des jeunes

AIST 1994 Paris France D

Association Internationale Pour les Femmes du Karité

2021 Oullins France J

Association internationale villes et ports - réseau mondial des villes portuaires

AIVP 1988 Le Havre France D

Association mondiale des radiodiffuseurs communautaires

AMARC 1983 Montréal QC Canada F

Association of ACP National Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Other Economic Operators

ACP Chambers 1981 Kingston Jamaica D t

Association of Adriatic-Ionian Universities

UniAdrion 2000 Ancona Italy F

Association of African Planning Schools

AAPS 2002 Rondebosch South Africa D

Association of Applied Biologists

AAB 1904 Wellesbourne UK G

Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators

AECO 2003 Tromsø Norway C

Association of Asia Pacific Airlines

AAPA 1966 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia D

Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils

AASSREC 1973 Canberra ACT Australia D

Association of Caribbean Social Work Educators

ACSWE 1997 Kingston Jamaica E

Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management

ACR+ 1994 Brussels Belgium D y

Association of College and University Housing Officers - International

ACUHO-I 1951 Columbus OH USA N

Association of Critical Heritage Studies

ACHS 2012 C