In September 2015, United Nations Member States adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as part of a new sustainable development agenda to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.
The Sustainable Development Goals build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were established in the year 2000 and included eight anti-poverty targets to be accomplished by 2015. Since then, enormous progress has been made towards achieving the MDGs. The Millennium Development Goals showed that targets work. They have helped end poverty for some, but not all.
The proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the new sustainable development agenda must finish that job and leave no one behind. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
SDG Goal 11
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, maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources is a great challenge. Common urban obstacles to tackle 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.
UN-Habitat ROAP’s activities are strategically anchored in achieving Sustainable Development Goal number 11 : Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Goal 11 targets:
- By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
- 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
- By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
- Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
- 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, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials