Sustainable Cities and Communities

Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically.

However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.

The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. The future we want includes cities of opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

Learn more about SDG 11, including the facts, figures, targets and links to more information.



Sustainable Development Goals Explained: Sustainable Cities and Economic Growth

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Rachel Snow, Chief of the Population and Development Branch of the United Nations Population Fund, explains some of the challenges surrounding urbanisation and what young people especially can do to build sustainable cities. Produced by the Department of Public Information.