Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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. However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure. The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. The future we want includes cities of opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

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TARGETS

It is important that we all take a small step to make sure that we meet the Global Goals. Use these 10 targets to create action for partnerships for the goals.

Safe and Affordable Housing

By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums.

Affordable and Sustainable Transport Systems

By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the ?needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.

Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization

By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries.

Protect the World?s Cultural and Natural Heritage

Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world?s cultural and natural heritage.

Reduce the Adverse Effects of Natural Disasters

By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations.

Minimize the Environmental Impact of Cities

By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.

Build Safe and Inclusive Green Public Spaces

By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities.

Strong National and Regional Development Planning

Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning.

Implement Policies for Inclusion, Resource Efficiency and Disaster Risk Reduction

By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015?2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels.

Support Least Developed Countries in Sustainable and Resilient Building

Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials.

  • Half of humanity – 3.5 billion people – lives in cities today
  • By 2030, almost 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas
  • 95 per cent of urban expansion in the next decades will take place in developing world
  • 828 million people live in slums today and the number keeps rising
  • The world’s cities occupy just 3 per cent of the Earth’s land, but account for 60-80 per cent of energy consumption and 75 per cent of carbon emissions
  • Rapid urbanization is exerting pressure on fresh water supplies, sewage, the living environment, and public health
  • But the high density of cities can bring efficiency gains and technological innovation while reducing resource and energy consumption
  • Support a project in slums for safe housing. You can volunteer in slums to help with building houses, fixing existing ones, setting up public or green spaces.
  • Shop, eat and drink locally. Supporting neighbourhood businesses keeps people employed and circulates money back into your community.
  • Take advantage of your right to elect the leaders in your local community.
  • Commute in a sustainable way – bike, walk or take public transport. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.
  • Take care of public spaces. Start yourself and inspire others to contribute to better public spaces - water the greenery, trim and plant trees, renovate sports areas and playgrounds, organize a cleanup.
  • Stay informed. Follow your local news and stay in touch with the Global Goals online or on social media at @TheGlobalGoals.
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