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

Australasian Road Rescue Organisation

ARRO 1996 Cannonvale Australia G

Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine

ASLM Northcote Australia G

Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association

ATCA Wanniassa Australia G

Australasian University Safety Association

AUSA 1999 N

Australasian Wader Studies Group

AWSG 1981 Heathmont Australia G v

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin Australia G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific

AFAP 1968 Crows Nest Australia G f Foundations

Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy

1996 Vienna Austria N j Institutes

Auto International Association

AIA 1982 Bethesda MD USA N

Automobile License Plate Collectors Association

ALPCA 1954 Hampton VA USA G

Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association

APRA 1941 Chantilly VA USA G

Automotive Recyclers Association

ARA 1943 Manassas VA USA N

Autoworld Brussels

1986 Brussels Belgium N

Aviation Security Services Association - International

ASSA-I 2002 Wemmel Belgium D

AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center

1971 Tainan Taiwan E g IGOs

B'nai B'rith International

BBI 1843 Washington DC USA C v Human Rights Organizations

Baha'i International Community

1844 New York NY USA F

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

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

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