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

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Mathematics

SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics Yogyakarta Indonesia E g

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Science

SEAMEO QITEP in Science 2009 Bandung Indonesia E gv

SEAMEO Regional Training Centre, Ho Chi Minh City

RETRAC 1996 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam E g

Search for Common Ground in the Middle East

SCGME Washington DC USA G

Seattle to Brussels Network

S2B 2000 Amsterdam Netherlands F y

Second Additional Convention Respecting the Transport of Goods by Rail

1906 T g

Second Protocol to The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

1999 Paris France T g

Secretaria de Integración Turistica Centroamericana

SITCA 1965 Managua Nicaragua E g

Secretaria Permanente del Tratado General de Integración Económica Centroamericana

SIECA 1960 Guatemala Guatemala E g

Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Ozone Secretariat 1989 Nairobi Kenya E g

Secretariat of the Basel Convention

SBC Geneva Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

SCBD 1993 Montréal QC Canada E g

Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Bonn Germany E g

Secure World Foundation

SWF Broomfield CO USA G f

Security Council Report

SCR New York NY USA E

Security Treaty

1951 T g

SEE Change Net Foundation

2012 Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina G f

Seguridad Humana en América Latina y el Caribe

SEHLAC 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina F

Self Storage Association Asia

SSAA 2014 Sheung Wan Hong Kong D

Servants to Asia's Urban Poor

1983 Vancouver BC Canada G

Serve the City International

2005 Brussels Belgium F

Service civil international

SCI 1920 Antwerp Belgium B

Service Design Network

SDN 2011 Cologne Germany F

Servicio Latinoamericano, Africano y Asiatico de Vivienda Popular

SELAVIP 1976 Kraainem Belgium F

SETAC Latin America

Sao Paulo Brazil K

Settlements Information Network Africa

SINA 1982 Nairobi Kenya F y

Shack-Slum Dwellers International

SDI 1996 Cape Town South Africa F

Share the World's Resources

STWR 2003 London UK G

Shelter Centre

2005 J

Shelter for Life

SFL 1979 Maple Grove MN USA G

Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking

Shift2Rail JU 2014 Brussels Belgium E

Shoah Memorial

Paris France G

Sigma Theta Tau International

1922 Indianapolis IN USA G

Sistema Andino de Integración

SAI 1996 Lima Peru F g

Sister Cities International

SCI 1956 Washington DC USA G

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

1852 Mount St Joseph OH USA R

Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary

1803 Brussels Belgium R

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

SCN 1812 Nazareth KY USA R

Sisters of Charity of St Charles Borromeo

1837 Maastricht Netherlands R

Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia

1855 Aston PA USA R

Sisters of St Louis Juilly-Monaghan

1859 Dublin Ireland R

Sisters of the Holy Cross

Menzingen Sisters 1844 Lucerne Switzerland R

Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon, Missouri

CPPS 1845 O'Fallon MO USA R

Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Scranton

IHM 1845 Scranton PA USA R

SITE Institute

2002 Washington DC USA N j

Slovak Heritage and Folklore Society International

SHFSI 1986 Rochester NY USA N

Smart Buildings Alliance for Smart Cities

SBA 2012 Saint-Didier-au-Mont-d'Or France N

Smart City Business America Institute

SCBA 2013 Sao Paulo Brazil D j

SMEunited

1980 Brussels Belgium D y

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