With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 global targets, and nearly 234 indicators that will be monitored for the period 2015–2030. The targets are designed to be integrated and indivisible and to balance the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda further seeks to realize the human rights of all, and to achieve gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.
In July 2018, Goal 11 will be reviewed for the first time as part of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) –the global platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The body of evidence in this report draws on primary and secondary data analysis (qualitative and quantitative) and triangulation including data available for the 15 SDG 11 indicators that track progress towards the 10 targets under this goal. In addition, the report draws on evidence derived from various other sources including some voluntary national review reports from the countries reporting progress at the 2018 HLPF, reports from NSOs, urban observatories, cities, other UN agencies, NGOs, private sector, academia, local governments, Global Sample of cities database, and geospatial data from selected cities.
Rapid global urbanization and the increase of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect make urban cooling a necessity as well as an opportunity to increase the liveability and amenity of cities. This review is a scoping study of the relevant worldwide UHI mitigation/adaptation...Read more
With regard to separation of food scraps for composting, this research identified that there are two important aspects often overlooked when the focus is only on behaviour: 1. Policy makers need to ensure that there are socio-technical systems supporting diverse groups of people...Read more
Transportation planners are often looking for efficiency in transportation but this article in Science Advances has also identified that resilience is an important city design feature. Planning for when disruptions occur can help to avoid city gridlock.Read more
UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme, launched in 2012, is now active in more than 30 cities across the world. The programme’s objective is to promote public spaces as a keystone for sustainable cities to ensure a good quality of life for all. This is done through policy guides, capacity building, knowledge sharing, carrying out advocacy work and actual implementation. Together with local government and civil society partners, the programme has implemented more than 80 concrete public space upgrading projects selected through annual expressions of interests.
The cost of bad design is a clarion call. There is no excuse for bad design, and no reason to accept poor standards, yet exemplary buildings remain the exception. The buildings and spaces being constructed now will shape the way our towns and cities function over the next 50 years. We must ensure we create a legacy in the next 10 years of which we can be proud.
This document provides a holistic and integrated sustainable development framework for the development of liveable, economically productive, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable cities and communities in China. The framework identifies key objectives and principles to achieve urban sustainability and provides specific guidelines for implementation and performance assessment.