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

Rural Tourism International - Training Network

RTI-TN 2005 F

Rural Water Supply Network

RWSN St Gallen Switzerland F


1995 Budapest Hungary E c

Rurality - Environment - Development

RED 1980 Attert Belgium F


2008 Clermont-Ferrand France F

Russia's Institute for Strategic Studies

RISS 1992 Moscow Russia G gj

Russian and Euroasian Security Network

RES Zurich Switzerland G

Sacred Natural Sites Initiative

SNSI Leusden Netherlands J

SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre

SPGRC 1988 Lusaka Zambia E g

SAE International

1905 Warrendale PA USA G v

Safe Blood for Africa Foundation

SBFA 1999 Washington DC USA N f

SAFE Europe

1982 Tetbury UK D

Safe Food Advocacy Europe

SAFE 2015 Brussels Belgium D

Safe Injection Global Network

SIGN 1999 Geneva Switzerland F

Safe Kids Worldwide

1987 Washington DC USA G

Safe Passage International

2016 London UK N

Safe Sport International

SSI Nottingham UK C

Safe Water International

SWI Carpinteria CA USA G

SAFE World Headquarters

1994 Springfield OR USA N y


1989 London UK G

Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention

2001 Geneva Switzerland T g

Safety Pharmacology Society

SPS 2010 Reston VA USA G

Saffron Social Development Global Foundation

Saffron SDGF Lagos Nigeria G f

Safina Center

2003 Stony Brook NY USA G

Sahara Conservation Fund

SCF Marana AZ USA F f

Sahaya International

1999 Davis CA USA F

SALEM International

1957 Stadtsteinach Germany G

Salvation Army

1865 London UK F

Salvation Army International College for Officers

ICO 1905 London UK K

Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development

SCUPAD 1965 The Hague Netherlands F v

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

SSM 1958 Moratuwa Sri Lanka G

Save a Family Plan

SAFP 1965 London ON Canada G

Save the Orangutan

Copenhagen Denmark D

Save the People International

SAPI Lausanne G

Save the Rhino International

SRI 1992 London UK F v

Save the Tiger Fund

STF 1995 Washington DC USA G f

School Nurses International

SNI 1983 J c

School of African Heritage

1998 Porto-Novo Benin G

SCL International

C y

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Sea Turtle Conservancy

STC 1959 Gainesville FL USA G

Sea Watch Foundation

1991 Anglesey UK G fv

Seagrass 2000

Corte France E

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts

SEAMEO SPAFA 1985 Bangkok Thailand E g

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