International Partnerships

Sustainable Cities and Communities

The 11th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG11) aims at addressing the challenges brought by urbanisation and making sure cities are inclusive, green, safe, and managed sustainably, notably by:

  • ensuring access for all to adequate, safe, sustainable, and affordable housing, transport, and basic services by 2030 in urban settings
  • improving cities’ waste management, air quality, urban planning, and infrastructure to reduce their adverse environmental impact, and improve their resilience to disasters
  • providing universal access to safe, inclusive, accessible, and green public spaces by 2030, especially for the most vulnerable groups (women, children, the elderly, and disabled people)

According to the UN, 3.5 billion people currently live in cities and with the exponential urbanisation of developing countries, global urban population is expected to reach 5 billion by 2030. While occupying just 3% of the Earth’s land, cities account for roughly 3 quarters of the world’s total energy consumption and carbon emissions. More than 800 million people live in slums and more than half of all urban dwellers in the world are breathing air polluted at levels at least 2.5 times higher than the safety standard.

We are committed to achieve SDG11 because sustainable urbanisation is an essential tool to make sustainable development a reality at local level. The support we provide to urban and peri-urban areas in our partner countries therefore addresses aspects that can improve the quality of life in cities. It combines diverse efforts related to access to water and sanitation, urban mobility, affordable and sustainable housing, energy efficiency etc. Moreover, given their concentration of people, cities are particularly vulnerable to climate change and disasters, which is why we also help them build their resilience to minimise potential human and economic losses from future shocks.

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