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

Artemis Society International

ASI 1994 Plano TX USA N

ARZENU - International Federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists

ARZENU 1980 Jerusalem Israel D

ASEAN Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

1985 T g

ASEAN Automotive Federation

AAF 1976 Petaling Jaya Malaysia D

ASEAN Framework Agreement on Multimodal Transport

2005 T g

ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Goods in Transit

1998 Jakarta Indonesia T g

ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Inter-state Transport

1998 T g

ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Association

AHPADA Kuching Malaysia E

ASEAN Institutes for Strategic and International Studies

ASEAN-ISIS 1988 Jakarta Indonesia E jy

ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network

ASEAN-OSHNET 1996 Vientiane Laos F

ASEAN Promotion Centre on Trade, Investment and Tourism

ASEAN-JAPAN CENTRE 1981 Tokyo Japan E gt

ASEAN Regional Forum

ARF 1994 Jakarta Indonesia F g

ASEAN Tourism Association

ASEANTA 1971 Putrajaya Malaysia E

ASEAN Tourism Research Association

ATRA 2013 Subang Jaya Malaysia D

ASEAN Troika

2000 Jakarta Indonesia F g

ASEAN-China Centre

ACC Beijing China E g

Asia Cruise Services Network

ACSN Bangkok Thailand J

Asia Cruise Terminal Association

ACTA 2011 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Democracy Network

ADN 2013 Seoul D

Asia Disability Institute

ADI 1990 Hachioji Japan G j

Asia for Safe Handling of Cytotoxic Drugs Interest Group

2004 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Foundation

1954 San Francisco CA USA G

Asia Institute of Urban Environment


Asia Marketing Federation

AMF 1991 Tokyo Japan D

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

AOGS 2003 Singapore D

Asia Pacific Biosafety Association

A-PBA 2005 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Pacific Blood Network

APBN 2006 Osborne Park WA Australia F

Asia Pacific Cities Summit


Asia Pacific Ecotourism Society

APES 2009 J

Asia Pacific Forum for Graduate Students' Research in Tourism


Asia Pacific Geoparks Network


Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization

APOSHO Mulgrave VIC Australia D

Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities

APPA 1992 Victoria BC D

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

APRRN 2008 Bangkok Thailand F

Asia Pacific Sociological Association

APSA 1997 Sydney NSW Australia D

Asia Pacific Tourism Association

APTA 1995 Busan D

Asia Safe Abortion Partnership

ASAP 2008 Mumbai India E

Asia Safe Community Network

Mashhad Iran Islamic Rep F

Asia Securities Forum

ASF 1995 Tokyo Japan F

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation

ASSIST 2003 Makati Philippines F

Asia-Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies

APHoMSA 1996 F

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

APN 1996 Kobe F g

Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research

APNHR 2001 Hong Kong Hong Kong F

Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education

APNIEVE 1995 Quezon City Philippines F g

Asia-Pacific Network of Transport and Logistics Education and Research


Asia-Pacific Tourism Exchange Centre

APTEC 1995 Nara Japan G

Asia-Pacific University - Community Engagement Network

APUCEN 2011 Penang Malaysia F

Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO

ACCU 1971 Tokyo Japan E


1999 F

Asian Academy for Heritage Management

AAHM 2001 Bangkok Thailand E y