Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Cities can represent places of great learning and opportunity that are central hubs for business, the arts, science, and social development, with an abundance of modern facilities and resources. However, the increased demands on resources and infrastructure posed by increased migration and urbanisation means that the future sustainability of cities can be put at risk. This is increasingly important to tackle, as about half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and by 2030, that is expected to rise to 60 per cent. This is a particular challenge for developing countries.

More than half the world’s population lives in cities however many cities are struggling to address the issue of a lack of affordable and social housing, air pollution, increasing traffic and infrastructure that is in urgent need or repair and/or expansion - this includes the 828 million people who live in slums.

By 2030, the UN aims to make sure that all people have access to affordable and safe housing and services, including roads and public transport, especially vulnerable groups including children, women, the elderly and the disabled. It also advocates for access to more safe and inclusive green open spaces.

Australia's Progress towards Goal 11

The Transforming Australia: SDG Progress Report provides key information about how Australia is progressing towards achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Visit the Transforming Australia website to learn more about Australia’s progress towards Goal 11.

Do you want to know how to achieve the SDGs?

MSDI has partnered with McMaster University to create the world's most comprehensive repository of research evidence. Click here for the latest evidence and research from around the world aligned with Goal 11.

How is Monash helping to deliver sustainable cities?

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