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

Sustainable Project Management- Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment

SPM 1994 Rougemont Switzerland F

Sustainable Tourism Certification Alliance Africa


Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas

STCNA 2003 New York NY USA F y

Sustainable Transport Africa

Nairobi Kenya G

Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences

SAHSS 1946 Bern Switzerland G

Synchronicity Earth

London UK G

Taizé Community

1940 Taizé France R

Tavistock Institute

1947 London UK N j

TCI Network

TCI 1998 Barcelona Spain E y

Tearfund, Belgium

1979 Vilvoorde Belgium G f


S c

Technical Cooperation Network on National Parks, Other Protected Areas and Wildlife in Latin America and the Caribbean

1983 Santiago Chile E g

Technology and Action for Rural Advancement

TARA 1985 Delhi India G

Ten Thousand Villages

1946 Akron PA USA G

TensiNet Association

Ternat Belgium D

The Bridge: Jewish and Arab Women for Peace in the Middle East

1975 Haifa Israel K v

The BulLion Foundation

2013 Fort Lee NJ USA G

The Class Foundation

2011 Amsterdam Netherlands F

The Conservation Foundation, UK

1982 London UK G f

The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association

TEPPFA 1992 Brussels Belgium D

The European Travel Agents' and Tour Operators' Associations

ECTAA 1961 Brussels Belgium E

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

GBI 2009 Eastbourne UK F

The International Ecotourism Society

TIES 1990 Washington DC USA C

The International NanoScience Community

TINC 2007 F

The League of Historical Cities

LHC 1987 Kyoto Japan F

The Long Run

2009 London UK J

The Mothers' Union

1876 London UK F v

The Natural Step

TNS 1989 Stockholm Sweden F

The Nature Conservancy

TNC 1951 Arlington VA USA G

The Network: Towards Unity for Health

The Network: TUFH 1979 F y

The Rockefeller Foundation

1913 New York NY USA F f

The Vetiver Network International

TVNI 1989 San Antonio TX F

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

The World Lin's Association

1980 Taipei Taiwan G

Therapy Dogs International

TDI 1976 Flanders NJ USA N

Thin Green Line Foundation

2007 Balnarring VIC Australia G f

Third Millennium Foundation

3MF 1987 Paciano Italy F f

Third Protocol to the General Treaty of Central American Economic Integration to Guarantee Free Trade in Paper and Glass Containers

1966 T g

Third World Center for Water Management

1999 Mexico City Mexico G

Third World Network

TWN 1984 Penang Malaysia F

Third World Studies Center

TWSC 1977 Quezon City Philippines E

Third World Tourism European Ecumenical Network

TEN 1984 F y

Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers' Association

TDMA 1974 Brussels Belgium E

Toilet Board Coalition

TBC 2015 Geneva Switzerland C

Tomorrow People Organization

2002 Belgrade Serbia G

Torremolinos Protocol of 1993 Relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the SAfety of Fishing Vessels

SFV PROT 1993 1993 London UK T g

Tourism Education Futures Initiative

TEFI 2006 Copenhagen Denmark F

Tourism Promotion Organization for Asia Pacific Cities

TPO 2002 Busan Korea Rep D

Tourism Watch

1975 Berlin Germany G

Tourisme et développement solidaires

TDS 1998 Angers France G