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

Sustainability Transitions Research Network


Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry for International Environmental Rehabilitation

SAFIER Maasmechelen Belgium N

Sustainable Energy for All

SEforALL 2011 Vienna Austria E

Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

1992 London UK F

Sustainable Mekong Research Network

SUMERNET 2005 Bangkok Thailand F

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

SPM 1994 Rougemont Switzerland F

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

SSI 2010 London UK 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

Synchronicity Earth

London UK G

Tactical Tech

2003 Berlin Germany J

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

Télécoms sans frontières

TSF 1998 Pau France 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 Nature Trust

TENT 2000 London UK G

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 ICCF Group

Washington DC USA F fy

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 USA 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