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

World Conference on Transport Research Society

WCTRS 1986 Leeds UK F cv

World Congress Alternatives and Environment

1979 Vienna Austria S cv

World Conservation Trust

IWMC 1994 Lausanne Switzerland E

World Council for Automobile Mobility and Tourism

Paris France K

World Council of Arameans - Syriacs

WCA 1983 Hengelo Netherlands E

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y

World Council of Muslim Communities

1990 Coral Gables FL USA G

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Cultural Tourism Association

WCTA 2000 Gwangju Korea Rep D

World Cycling Centre

WCC Aigle Switzerland G

World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments

WeGO Seoul Korea Rep B

World Energy Cities Partnership

WECP 1995 Houston TX USA J

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai Paraguay D t

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands B ty

World Family Organization

WFO 1947 Parana Brazil B

World Federalist Movement - Movement for a Just World Order through a Strengthened United Nations

WFM 1946 New York NY USA F

World Federation of Advertisers

WFA 1953 Brussels Belgium B

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of Great Towers

WFGT 1989 Berlin Germany D

World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants

WFJCSHD 1987 Burlington MA USA E

World Federation of the Deaf

WFD 1951 Helsinki Finland B

World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

WFTGA 1985 Vienna Austria C

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens Greece A ty

World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers

1954 C

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

WFUCA 1981 Hanoi Vietnam E y

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Fish Migration Foundation

Groningen Netherlands G f

World Food Safety Organization

WFSO 2001 D

World Foresight Forum

WFF The Hague Netherlands G

World Forum for Alternatives

WFA 1997 Dakar Senegal F y

World Forum on Community Networking

WFCN 2001 Montréal QC Canada G

World Foundation for Smart Communities

1997 San Diego CA USA G f

World Free Press Institute

WFPI 1997 San Ramon CA USA G j

World Future Council Foundation

WFC 2007 Hamburg Germany F f

World Geospatial Industry Council

GWIC 2018 Amersfoort Netherlands C t

World Habitat

1976 Coalville UK G f

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Hepatitis Alliance

WHA 2007 London UK B y

World Heritage Centre

WHC 1972 Paris France E g

World Heritage Committee

1976 Paris France E g

World Heritage Fund

1976 Paris France K fg

World Heritage Information Network

WHIN Paris France K

World Heritage Institute of Training and Research - Asia and Pacific

WHITRAP 2007 Shanghai China G gj

World Heritage Watch

WHW 2014 Berlin Germany G y

World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization

WCCO 2009 Yangzhou China C y

World Igbo Congress

WIC 1994 Houston TX USA G

World Indigenous Tourism Alliance

WINTA 2012 Porirua New Zealand C

World Information Service on Energy

WISE 1978 Amsterdam Netherlands F

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY USA F

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