Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

By 2050, 70 % of the world’s population will live in cities, making cities critical in achieving a sustainable future for the world. Countries, together with Governments of other countries at various levels, and civil society organizations and citizens are collectively engaged in pursuing ambitious objectives to make cities more competitive, safe, resource-efficient, resilient and inclusive. Key areas of need in achieving progress on Goal 11 are; 1) identifying and agreeing the most sustainable ways to achieve the targets- what activities should be ceased and which ones accelerated; 2) building appropriate capacity and skills across these stakeholder groups to deliver; 3) attracting/securing finance, innovative designs and delivery models and projects for integrated city infrastructure– including buildings, energy, mobility, telecommunications, water, sanitation and waste management services, and; 4) ensuring practical processes for multi-stakeholder engagement in all stages of urban development that build consensus, inclusion, resilience and sustainability. Mobile-cellular signal coverage has improved a great deal. In previously “unconnected” areas
of the globe, 85 percent of people now live in covered areas. Planet-wide, 95 percent of the population is covered.