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. 

China- Goal 11 in Focus

China has made a commitment that it will shoulder the responsibility of implementing the 2030 development agenda, and seek solidarity and cooperation to constantly push the cause of global development.

Learn more about Goal 11 and the opportunities and challenges China faces for reaching this goal by 2030, in this video from UNDP China's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Agenda 2030/SDGs: http://open.163.com/undpsdgmooc

Goals in action

UNDP in Samoa

After a cyclone, a stronger home and future

Sitiseni Afua Fuga was pregnant when Cyclone Evan hit Samoa and destroyed her home. The huge storm, which hit the island nation in 2012, left a trail of devastation throughout her village of Siumu, and beyond. MORE >

Find out more about Goal 11 in China

Featuring: Pengfei Xie, Deputy Director for East Asia, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group & Samantha Anderson, Senior Advisor on Sustainable Cities and Climate Change, UNDP China
UNDP in Bhutan

The climate shifts. Bhutan responds.

Despite the susceptibility of Bhutan’s public health to climate change, the country has worked hard to strengthen its capacity to adapt to climate change. An important innovation of the Bhutanese initiative is linking climate data with epidemiological surveillance. MORE >

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