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 Type III

Balkan Cities Association of Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation and Artificial Organs

BANTAO 1995 D v

Balkan Environmental Association

BENA 1998 Thessaloniki Greece D

Balkanactie van de Gemeenten

1992 Antwerp Belgium G Humanitarian Organizations

Baltic Architects Unions Association


Baltic Association of Science/Technology Parks and Innovation Centres

BASTIC Kaunas Lithuania D

Baltic Cities Healthy Cities Association

1998 Turku Finland G

Baltic Institute of Social Science

BISS 2000 Riga Latvia E j Institutes

Baltic International Institute of Tourism, St Petersburg

St Petersburg Russia G j Institutes

Baltic Sea Conference of Ministers of Transport

Warsaw Poland S gc Conference Series, IGOs

Baltic Sea Network on Occupational Health and Safety

BSN 1995 Helsinki Finland F

Bank for International Settlements

BIS 1930 Basel Switzerland F g Banks, IGOs

Baptist World Aid Australia

1959 North Ryde Australia G Humanitarian Organizations

BARKA Foundation for Mutual Help

Poznan Poland G f Foundations


1999 Leamington Spa UK G

Bat Conservation International

BCI 1982 Austin TX USA G v

Battelle Memorial Institute

BMI 1925 Columbus OH USA E j Institutes

BBC Media Action

1999 London UK G

BCARE International


BE User Group

Exton PA USA E

Bears in Mind

1993 Rhenen Netherlands G f Funds, Foundations

Bell International

Porto-Novo Benin G

Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East

1947 Jerusalem Israel G j Institutes

Benelux Convention on Mandatory Civil Liability Insurance for Motor Vehicles

1966 Brussels Belgium T g Treaties, IGOs

Benelux Convention on Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection

1982 Brussels Belgium T g Treaties, IGOs

Benin Electricity Community

1968 Lomé Togo G gb Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Bentley Drivers Club

BDC 1936 Banbury UK F Clubs

Berlin Information Centre for Transatlantic Security

1991 Berlin Germany G

BestCities Global Alliance

2000 Singapore Singapore F

Better Tourism Africa

2006 G

Bicycles for Humanity

B4H 2007 G Humanitarian Organizations

Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo

BIAU Madrid Spain E c Conference Series

Bike for Peace

1978 Oslo Norway G

Bikers Against Child Abuse International

BACA 1995 N

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BMGF 2000 Seattle WA USA G f Foundations

Biodiversity and Economics for Conservation

BIOECON 2000 Venice Italy F y International Federations

Biodiversity Conservancy International

Ottawa ON Canada G

Bioencapsulation Research Group

BRG 1990 Sucé sur Erdre France F

Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme

BDCP Washington DC USA G

Biosphere Expeditions

1999 Dublin Ireland F

Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development

Biovision 1998 Zurich Switzerland G f Foundations

BirdLife International

1922 Cambridge UK B


1988 D

Blue Knights' International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club

BK 1974 Bangor ME USA F v Clubs

Blue Ventures


Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation

Institut Plavi Svijet 1999 Veli Losinj Croatia G j Institutes

BMS World Mission

Didcot UK G

BMW Center for German and European Studies

CGES 1990 Washington DC USA G

Boao Forum for Asia

BFA 2001 Beijing China E


1997 Brussels Belgium N

Bolivian Association for Research and Conservation of Amazonian Andean Ecosystem

2004 La Paz Bolivia G