• GOAL 11: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

    The city and commmunity where an individual resides has a direct effect on their social and economic advancement. Communities provide a rich environment for commerce, science, culture, productivity and social development. Over-population of small areas, poverty, lack of essential basic services and inadequate housing can all negatively impact a city and community.

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Sustainable Cities and Communities

A City of Green

PROSPEROUS COMMUNITIES BUILT SUSTAINABLY


“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.”

– United Nations

The following facts can be found on the official website of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

It's time to face them.

These Are The Facts


50% of humanity


3.5 billion people live in cities today.

By 2030


Almost 60 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas.

95% of urban expansion


In the next few decades will take place in the developing world.

3% of the Earth


The world’s cities occupy just 3 percent of the Earth’s land, but account for 60-80 percent of energy consumption and 75 percent of carbon emissions.

THE SOLUTION?

LET'S BUILD SUSTAINABLE CITIES.

By 2030

This Sustainable Development Goal strives to ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services, upgrade slums and provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all. It aims to improve road safety, notably by expanding public transportation, with a focus on the needs of those most vulnerable–women, children, individuals with disabilities and the elderly.

Stop Wishing. Start Doing.

Here's How To Help


01. Live Sustainably!

Do your research. Consider living in a LEED Certified Building or moving to a sustainable community or city. Many areas are exploring how to become more sustainable, both socially and environmentally. Sustainable retirement communities are also on the rise as retirees seek to join the trend. Even off-grid communities are developing while individuals seek to live a more sustainable, balanced life.

BE A RIPPLE

JOIN THE MOVEMENT.

There are many ways to get involved in supporting sustainable communities and cities. By committing to do your part, you take the first step in making a world of difference.

We're in this together.

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS


ICLEI
UNEP
United Nations Children's Fund
UN Habitat

Photography Credits by Order on Page:

Electric Cars at UN as General Assembly Meets on Green Economy – UN Photo by JC McIlwaine

Cycling for Sustainability: UN Bike Ride Promotes Low Carbon Transport – UN Photo by JC McIlwaine

Winter Morning View of NYC Skyline – UN Photo by Paulo Filgueiras