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Goal 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

The cities of the world serve as platforms for exchanging and displaying ideas, cultures, social interaction, development, and economic productivity.

While the development of urban activities is essential for a country’s growth and prosperity, it is also important that it happens without depleting or damaging our resources.

Cities face the challenges of overpopulation, lack of housing, insufficient infrastructure, and pollution due to industrial activities. Over 3.5 billion people in the world live in cities. These growing numbers place pressure on health services, fresh water supplies, and infrastructure.

Although cities only form about 3% of the earth’s land surface, they utilize about 60 – 80% of the world’s energy consumption. On a positive note, well-managed cities can provide us with more efficiency and technological growth to minimize the use of resource and energy.

The upgrading of slums by providing safe and affordable housing and basic services is what SDG11 strives to achieve by 2030.

Creating affordable, safe, and sustainable transport systems, especially for children, women and individuals with disabilities, is another aim of this SDG. The progress within cities should not be at the expense of the world’s natural and cultural heritage, rather to enhance and protect it, hence why SDG 11 will focus on the management of waste and general pollution to reduce cities’ environmental impact and make them safe, green spaces.

An Introduction to Goal 11

Written and created by our team in Greece

Our Data

Amount of revenue spent on construction projects

Worldwide Data


Half of humanity

– 3.5 billion people – lives in cities today


By 2030,

almost 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas


95% 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%t 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

Our Related UN Target


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

Recent Highlights & Achievements