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

Aid To Southeast Asia

ASA 1989 Minneapolis MN USA G

Aide internationale au développement et à l'enfance

AIDE Aublain Belgium G

Air Transport Action Group

ATAG 1990 Geneva GE Switzerland E y

Air Transport Research Society

ATRS 1995 College Park MD USA E

Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Working Group

ARFFWG Grapevine TX USA G

Airport Regions Council

ARC 1994 Brussels Belgium F

Airports Council International

ACI 1991 Montréal QC Canada B y

Airship Heritage Trust

AHT 1985 Bedford UK N

AJS and Matchless Owners Club

1952 Kettering UK N

Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung

ARL 1946 Hannover Germany G

Al Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation

1988 London UK G f

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

1939 Boston MA USA G

Albertine Rift Conservation Society

ARCOS 1995 Cambridge UK E

Alianza Eurolatinoamericana de Cooperación entre Ciudades

AL-LAs 2013 Mexico City CDMX Mexico C

All Africa Baptist Fellowship

AABF 1982 Ibadan Oyo Nigeria E

All Hands Volunteers

2004 Mattapoisett MA USA G

All We Can

1946 London UK G f

ALLEA - ALL European Academies

1994 Berlin Germany F

Alliance dans les Alpes

1997 Übersee Germany F g

Alliance for Communities in Action

ACA 1982 North Palm Beach FL USA N

Alliance for Consumer Fire Safety in Europe

ACFSE 1998 G

Alliance for Financial Inclusion

AFI 2008 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F y

Alliance for Healthy Cities

2003 Tokyo Japan D

Alliance for Reform and Democracy in Asia

ARDA 2000 F

Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies

ASOP Global Washington DC USA G y

Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacy - EU

ASOP EU 2011 D

Alliance for Synthetic Fuels in Europe

ASFE 2006 Brussels Belgium F

Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair in the EU

AFCAR Brussels Belgium E y

Alliance for Zero Extinction

AZE 2005 The Plains VA USA C y

Alliance internationale de tourisme

AIT 1898 Geneva GE Switzerland B

Alliance Internationale pour la défense des Droits et des Libertés

AIDL 2009 Bonneuil-sur-Marne France G

Alliance of Central Asian Mountain Communities

AGOCA 2003 Bishkek Bishkek Kyrgyzstan D

Alliance of European Cultural Cities

1997 Arles France D

Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums

AMMPA 1987 G y

Alliance of Religions and Conservation

ARC 1995 Bath UK F

Alliance pour la Préservation des Forêts

APF Paris France G

Alliance pour la Solidarité and le Partage en Afrique-Jeunesse pour l'Intégration Culturelle et Sociale-Humanitarian Focus Foundation

ASPAFRIQUE-JICS-H2F 1990 Lausanne VD Switzerland G

Allied Command Operations

ACO 1951 Shape Belgium E g

Allied Coordination Committee

ACC 1944 F

Alpine Ibex European Specialist Group

GSE-AIESG 1988 Turin TO Italy E

Alpine Tourist Commission

ATC 1954 D

alterNativa - Intercanvi amb Pobles Indigenes

1986 Barcelona Barcelona Spain G

Alternativas Latinoamericanas de Desarrollo Humano y Estudios Antropológicos

ALDHEA 2005 Quito Ecuador J

Alternative Action for African Development

1988 G

Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma

ALTSEAN Burma 1996 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand G

Alternative Information and Development Centre

AIDC 1996 Cape Town South Africa G

Alternative Investment Management Association

AIMA 1990 London UK D

Alternative Missions

Ferndale WA USA N

Alternative Trade Mandate Alliance

ATM 2011 J y

Alternatives - Action and Communication Network for International Development

Montréal QC Canada G y

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