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

Asian Consortium for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Microbial Resources

ACM 2004 Tokyo Japan D

Asian Cycling Confederation

ACC Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Ecotourism Network

AEN Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Federation of Therapeutic Communities

AFTC 1984 Muntinlupa City Philippines E

Asian Fisheries Social Science Research Network

AFSSRN 1983 Serdang Malaysia F

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT 1967 Pathum Thani Thailand F j

Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association

AITAA 1969 Pathum Thani Thailand E j

Asian Institute of Transport Development

AITD 1989 Delhi India G j

Asian Marine Conservation Association

AMCA 1988 Kolkata India G v

Asian Mayors Forum

AMF 2007 Teheran Iran Islamic Rep F

Asian Network of Training and Research Institutions in Educational Planning

ANTRIEP 1995 Delhi India F

Asian Network of Women's Shelters

ANWS 2012 New Taipei City Taiwan F

Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development

ANGOC 1979 Quezon City Philippines D y

Asian Nuclear Safety Network

ANSN 2002 Vienna Austria F g

Asian Planning Schools Association

APSA 1993 Hong Kong Hong Kong D

Asian Professional Security Association

APSA 1994 Petaling Jaya Malaysia D

Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network

ARRCN 1998 Yasu Japan F

Asian Regional Association for Career Development

ARACD 1970 Sapporo Japan D

Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives

ARENA 1980 Seoul Korea Rep F

Asian Rural Institute - Rural Leaders Training Center

ARI 1973 Nasushiobara Japan E j

Asian Rural Sociology Association

ARSA 1992 Santa Cruz Philippines D

Asian Society of Conservation Medicine

ASCM Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine

ASLM Tsuen Wan Hong Kong D

Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe

AUICK 1989 Kobe Japan G

Asian Urban Research Association

AURA 1986 Shippensburg PA USA E

Asian-Pacific City Summit

Fukuoka Japan S cg

ASIS International

1955 Alexandria VA USA G v

Asociación Andina de Empresas e Instituciones de Servicio de Agua Potable y Saneamiento

ANDESAPA 1986 Quito Ecuador D

Asociación Boliviana para la Investigación y Conservación de Ecosistemas Andino-Amazónicos

ACEAA 2004 La Paz Bolivia G

Asociación Centroamericana de Sociologia

ACAS 1974 Guatemala Guatemala D v

Asociación de Cientistas Sociales de la Religión del MERCOSUR

ACSRM 1994 Buenos Aires Argentina E v

Asociación de Conservación de los Ecosistemas Andinos

ECOAN Cusco Peru G

Asociación de Facultades de Arquitectura del Sur del MERCOSUR

ARQUISUR 1992 Montevideo Uruguay D

Asociación de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe para la Integración

AUALCPI 1993 Bogota Colombia D

Asociación Iberoamericana de Sociologia de las Organizaciones y la Comunicación

AISOC D

Asociación Latina para el Analisis de los Sistemas de Salud

ALASS 1989 Barcelona Spain D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Enseñanza e Investigación en Trabajo Social

ALAEITS 2006 D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Metros y Subterraneos

ALAMYS 1986 Madrid Spain D y

Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Cementerios y Servicios Funderarios

ALPAR 1988 Medellin Colombia D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Zoológicos y Acuarios

ALPZA 1990 Santiago Chile D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Plantas de Rendimiento

ALAPRE 2012 D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Seguridad

ALAS Miami FL USA J

Asociación Latinoamericana de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo

ALASEHT 1977 D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Seguridad Vial

ALSEV G

Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociologia

ALAS D v

Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociologia del Trabajo

ALAST 1993 Montevideo Uruguay D

Asociación Panamericana de Tecnólogos Médicos

APTM 1992 D

Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación

APPC 2005 Colón Panama G

Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica

ACCA 1999 Lima Peru G

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