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SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities is the theme for November 2017. The goal is to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. "95% of urban expansion in the next decades will take place in developing countries."

Goal 11

Video: The Urban Green: The Future of a Sustainable City
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The United Nations deputy chief today said that the Organization is failing to deliver sufficiently in cities, and its work in and on urban areas must be reinvigorated, as the General Assembly kicked off a […] New Urban Agenda, sustainable cities take spotlight and General Assembly event.

From: The United Nations
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.

Handout: SUSTAINABLE CITIES: Why They Matter.pdf

What makes a city sustainable?

From the UN:
There may be only one Sustainable Development Goal on cities, but urban areas are touched in one way or another by all the goals, and many are at the forefront of finding sustainable solutions.

On the sidelines of the UN Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, we spoke to experts and regular citizens on how cities are important to all SDGs. Click on each issue to learn more about each topic. Additional Links: (Additional Links page contains links to additional areas that impact "sustainable cities.") This are some of the topics and include personal stories, photos, videos.

  • Urban Design
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Road Safety
  • Connectivity
  • Mayors and sustainable development
  • International city standards
  • New Urban Agenda
  • Innovation
  • Youth involvement, (Samantha, 13 - Mexico)
  • City challenges
  • Urban Recycling and Decent Jobs
  • Inclusion
  • Private-public partnerships
  • Smart cities and developing world
  • Cities achieving Sustainable Development Goals