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

Association des constructeurs européens d'automobiles

ACEA 1991 Brussels Belgium D y

Association des constructeurs européens de motocycles

ACEM 1994 Brussels Belgium F

Association des Villes et Régions Hôtes d'Expositions Internationales

AVE 2002 Paris France D

Association européenne de cyclosport

AEC 2003 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence France G

Association Européenne de membres de Corps et Organismes Publics de Sécurité et de Défense

AECOPSD Port-Vendres France G

Association européenne de transfert embryonnaire

AETE Vienna Austria D

Association européenne des formateurs du transport

EuroTra 1990 Brussels Belgium D

Association Européenne des Trésors et Musées d'Eglises

Europae Thesauri 2004 D

Association européenne des villes de la toison d'or

1970 Rosières Belgium D

Association européenne pour le fleurissement et le paysage

AEFP Budapest Hungary D

Association for Better Land Husbandry

ABLH 1993 Nairobi Kenya G

Association for Community Colleges

ACC 1999 Skopje North Macedonia D v

Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture

ACADIA 1981 G

Association for Cultural Equity

ACE 1983 New York NY USA N

Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst

AECC 1985 Brussels Belgium D

Association for European Transport

AET 1998 Henley-in-Arden UK D

Association for Preservation Technology International

APT International 1968 Springfield IL USA G

Association for Safe International Road Travel

ASIRT 1995 Potomac MD USA G

Association for Security in HealthCare Information Systems

ASHCS Brussels Belgium J

Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine

AAAM 1957 Barrington IL USA G

Association for the Cohesive Development of the Amazon

1985 Manaus AM Brazil G

Association for the Conservation of the Cultural Patrimony of the Americas

1989 Washington DC USA G v

Association for the Promotion of African Community Initiatives

1980 F

Association for the Sociology of Religion

ASR 1938 Muncie IN USA N

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

ASALH 1915 Washington DC USA G

Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations

ASCAC Los Angeles CA USA G

Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research

ATLAS 1991 Arnhem Netherlands D

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

ATBC 1963 Sao Paulo SP Brazil C

Association franco-européenne de Waterloo

1986 Nivelles Belgium G

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva GE Switzerland G

Association francophone du tourisme d'affaires

AFTA 2003 Paris France G

Association international du Clocher de Collioure

2016 Collioure France N

Association internationale d'experts scientifiques du tourisme

AIEST 1951 St Gallen SG Switzerland C v

Association internationale des anciens d'EUROCONTROL

AIAE 1984 Brussels Belgium E v

Association Internationale des Journalistes de Cyclisme

AIJC Champigny-sur-Marne France D

Association Internationale des Skål Clubs

AISC 1934 Brussels Belgium B

Association internationale des sociologues de langue française

AISLF 1958 Fribourg FR Switzerland C v

Association internationale des villes messagères de la paix

AIVMP 1990 Slovenj Gradec Slovenia C

Association internationale pour la sécurité du transport des jeunes

AIST 1994 Paris France D

Association internationale villes et ports - réseau mondial des villes portuaires

AIVP 1988 Le Havre France D

Association mondiale des radiodiffuseurs communautaires

AMARC 1983 Montréal QC Canada F

Association of African Planning Schools

AAPS 2002 Rondebosch South Africa D

Association of Applied Biologists

AAB 1904 Wellesbourne UK G

Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators

AECO 2003 Longyearbyen Norway C

Association of Asia Pacific Airlines

AAPA 1966 D

Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils

AASSREC 1973 Canberra ACT Australia D

Association of Caribbean Social Work Educators

ACSWE 1997 Kingston Jamaica E

Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management

ACR+ 1994 Brussels Belgium D y

Association of College and University Housing Officers - International

ACUHO-I 1951 Columbus OH USA N

Association of Destination Management Executives International

ADMEI 1995 Bastrop TX USA G

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