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Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

In 2015, the international community adopted a set of 17 goals as part of a new global agenda on sustainable development.

Goal 10: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Why is this goal important?

• Half of humanity – 3.5 billion people – lives in cities today.
• By 2030, almost 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas.
• 95 per cent 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 per cent 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.
• But the high density of cities can bring efficiency gains and technological innovation while reducing resource and energy consumption.

What happens if cities are just left to grow organically?
The cost of poorly planned urbanization can be seen in some of the huge slums, tangled traffic, greenhouse gas emissions and sprawling suburbs all over the world. Slums are a drag on GDP, and lower life expectancy. By choosing to act sustainably we choose to build cities where all citizens live a decent quality of life, and form a part of the city’s productive dynamic, creating shared prosperity and social stability without harming the environment,

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Website recommendation: Citiscope

Did you know?

UAE has a project called UAEPedia to contribute to achieve goal 11.The UAEPedia is a knowledge repository about the UAE, by the UAE, from the UAE, and to the world.

To know more on UAE Govt’s initiative on SDG goal 11, click here.

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