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

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

UNODC 1997 Vienna Austria E g

United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia

UNRCCA 2007 Ashgabat Turkmenistan E g

United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe

UNRIC 2004 Brussels Belgium E g

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gjv

United Nations Security Council

UNSC 1945 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Security Council Military Staff Committee

MSC 1946 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa

UNSAC 1992 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology

UNU-MERIT 1989 Maastricht Netherlands E j

United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security

UNU-EHS 2003 Bonn Germany E j

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g

United Regions Organisation/FOGAR

2007 Barcelona Spain C

United States Agency for International Development

USAID 1961 Washington DC USA G g

United World Wrestling

UWW 1912 Corsier-sur-Vevey Switzerland B


2008 J v

Universal Association of Professional Colleges and Universities

UAPCU 2018 Manila Philippines G t

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g

Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches

UFMCC 1968 Sarasota FL USA N

Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League of the World

UNIA-ACLW 1914 Philadelphia PA USA G

Universal Reserve

2016 Idar-Oberstein Germany N


2000 Amsterdam Netherlands D

Universidad CLAEH

1957 Montevideo Uruguay E v

Universitas 21

1997 Birmingham UK F

University Institute of European Studies, Torino

1952 Turin Italy G j

UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies

UNU-CRIS 2001 Bruges Belgium E j

UNWTO Commission for Africa

CAF Madrid Spain K g

UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific

CAP Madrid Spain K g

UNWTO Commission for Europe

CEU Madrid Spain K g

UNWTO Commission for South Asia

CSA Madrid Spain K g

UNWTO Commission for the Americas

CAM Madrid Spain K g

UNWTO Commission for the Middle East

CME Madrid Spain K g

UNWTO Staff Association, Madrid

1976 Madrid Spain G v

UNWTO Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Foundation

UNWTO ST-EP Foundation 2004 Seoul Korea Rep F fg

Urban Affairs Association

UAA 1969 Milwaukee WI USA D

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

URISA 1963 Park Ridge IL USA G

Urban Biodiversity and Design

URBIO 2008 F

Urban Climate Change Research Network


Urban Data Management Society

UDMS 1971 Stuttgart Germany D

Urban Economics Association


Urban Environmental Accords

UEA 2012 Gwangju Korea Rep F

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

Urban Future global conference

UFGC 2014 Vienna Austria S c

Urban History Association

UHA Glenside PA USA N

Urban Knowledge Network Asia

UKNA 2016 Leiden Netherlands J

Urban Land Institute

ULI 1936 Washington DC USA G j

Urban Saints

Luton UK G

Urbanistes du Monde

UdM 2005 Lyon France N


1992 Sassenberg Germany G

Vélo mondial

2000 Amsterdam Netherlands F