SDG#11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

The rapid growth of cities in the developing world + increasing numbers of people moving from rural areas to cities = a boom in mega-cities.

In 1990, there were ten mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more. In 2014, there are 28 mega-cities, home to a total 453 million people. How the world has grown!

Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

Extreme poverty is often concentrated in urban spaces, and national and city governments struggle to accommodate the rising population in these areas. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive.