SDG11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Understand SDG 11

  • SDG 11 is to ensure affordable and safe housing and transportation for all; enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and access to public and green spaces; and reduce the adverse environmental impact of cities, including air pollution and municipal waste.

  • In 2018, more than 1 billion people were living in slums. 
  • In 2019, only half of the world’s urban population had convenient access to public transport.
  • Cities account for 60-80% of global energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions.
  • Half of the global population (3.5 billion) live in cities and the number is projected to rise to 5 billion by 2030, imposing pressures to environmental and social problems. 


Data retrieved from UN SDG 11

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