SDG 11
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More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of all humanity. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

The rapid growth of cities in the developing world, coupled with increasing rural to urban migration, has led to 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.

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. 

Goals in action

UNDP in Europe and Central Asia

Goal 11 at a glance

What is the situation in the region in regards to sustainable cities and communities? MORE >

UNDP in Moldova

Villagers join forces to bring clean water to rural Moldova

Locals and migrants helped bring clean running water in the village, for the first time. MORE >

UNDP in Turkmenistan

Working for smart cities

Sustainability requires planning based on data and modern solutions for infrastructure. But citizens can also play a large role through their choices. MORE >

UNDP in Europe and Central Asia

Crowdfunding for small businesses: what’s the story?

An effective tool to help SMEs & communities. MORE >

UNDP in Kosovo*

What data innovation can tell you about a city

How can big data help improve public services, making cities smart & sustainable? MORE >

UNDP in Kosovo*

Taking ownership of a shared heritage

Youth ambassadors are sparking a movement that re-invents cultural heritage in accordance with the future, their shared future. MORE >

UNDP in Kosovo*

Made in Kosovo: when organic hits a ceiling

Organic farming is blooming but various obstacles makes it a difficult business to be in. MORE >

UNDP in Georgia

Designing a city for people, not cars

The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of Batumi includes new green initiatives, such as bicycle networks and a new electric city taxi. MORE >

UNDP in Turkey

Managing the refuse of the refused

Turkey is accommodating more than two million Syrian refugees. How to manage the solid waste in their host communities? MORE >

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