Global Goal 11: Sustainable cities and 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. Cities are challenged to continue to create jobs and prosperity without straining land and resources. Smart Cities are on the rise, providing answers and solutions to challenges regarding sustainability.

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In short

  • We need to create inclusive, safe and resilient sustainable cities 
  • This allows us to strengthen communities

Global Goal

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Make cities and settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Common urban challenges include congestion, air and light pollution, waste issues, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.

Sustainable Growth

Rapid urbanisation challenges can be overcome in ways that allow cities to continue to thrive and grow while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to essential services, energy, housing, transportation and more. Sustainable growth is the biggest challenge facing the cities of the future. Rapid urbanisation puts high pressure on obtaining or maintaining fresh water supplies, functioning sewers, a suitable living environment and adequate public health.

Sustainable cities

Despite all disadvantages and challenges, high population density also has advantages. Resources can be used more efficiently, technological innovations can easier be broadly implemented, and it is easier to reduce resource and energy usage. Future cities must offer opportunities for all, including access to basic services like clean drinking water, housing, energy, transport and more.

In short:
  • cities are development hubs where people can develop socially and economically;
  • balance prosperity and urban challenges;
  • provide opportunities for all.