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

Servicio Latinoamericano, Africano y Asiatico de Vivienda Popular

SELAVIP 1976 Kraainem Belgium F

Serving Europe

1995 Brussels Belgium D

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

Small Business Standards

SBS 2013 Brussels D y

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


1980 Brussels Belgium D y

Smokers Association

Bucharest Romania N

Social Progress Imperative

2012 Washington DC USA F

Social Science Research Council

SSRC 1923 Brooklyn NY USA G v

Social Science Research Institute, Hawaii

SSRI 1965 Honolulu HI USA G j

Social Services Europe

2011 Brussels Belgium D y

Sociedad Iberoamericana y del Caribe de Restauración Ecológica

SIACRE 2013 Mexico City Mexico D

Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia

ESOCITE 2006 Mexico City Mexico D

Sociedad Mesoamericana para la Biologia y la Conservación

SMBC 1996 D

Sociedad Panamericana de Retinopatia del Prematuro

SPROP 2013 Viña del Mar Chile D

Société d'Ergonomie de Langue Française

SELF 1963 Mantes-la-Jolie France D v

Société des amis de Tyr

Paris France G

Société internationale Leon Battista Alberti

SILBA 1995 Paris France E

Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment


Society for Conservation Biology

SCB 1985 Washington DC USA F

Society for Conservation GIS

SCGIS 1997 N

Society for Creative Anachronism

SCA Milpitas CA USA N

Society for Development Alternatives

1983 Delhi India G

Society for Ecological Restoration International

SERI 1987 Washington DC G

Society for International Development

SID 1957 Rome Italy B y

Society for Participatory Research in Asia

PRIA 1982 Delhi India G

Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions

SRISTI 1993 Ahmedabad India G

Society for Social Studies of Science

4S 1975 Evansville IN USA D