Goal 11: Make Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable

2015. In ICSU, ISSC Review of the Sustainable Development Goals: The Science Perspective (Paris: International Council for Science),  pp. 53-57.

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.

Susan Parnell