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Overview

Within the EU, the urban dimension is at the very heart of EU Cohesion Policy. More than EUR 100 billion is being invested up to 2020 to support urban mobility, energy efficiency, as well as urban renewal, research and innovation capacity, and regeneration of deprived communities. Making the Union's cities more sustainable is one of the priorities of the 7th Environment Action Programme.

Across the globe, the European development policy seeks to improve living conditions in cities. These efforts are directed to slum upgrading, access to water and sanitation, urban mobility, energy efficiency and affordable housing, land access, and disaster prevention and preparedness. Closer to its borders the EU relies on the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Enlargement policy.

A full list of EU policies and actions supporting Goal 11 is available below.

EU actions

Sorted alphabetically.

EU Actions supporting Goal 11.

EU Actions supporting specific Goal 11 targets.

11.1 - By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums

11.2 - By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons

11.3 - By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

11.4 - Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage

11.5 - By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations

11.6 - By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

11.7 - By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities

11.a - Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning

11.b - By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels

11.c - Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials