More than half of the world's population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of all humanity. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.
The rapid growth of cities in the developing world, coupled with increasing rural to urban migration, has led to a boom in mega-cities. In 1990, there were ten mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more. In 2014, there are 28 mega-cities, home to a total 453 million people.
Extreme poverty is often concentrated in urban spaces, and national and city governments strugle to accommodate the rising population in these areas. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive.
Everyone can help to make sure that we meet the Global Goals. Use these ten targets to create action to make cities and communities sustainable.
ESAFE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING
By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums.
AFFORDABLE AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT SYSTEMS
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.
INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION
By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries.
PROTECT THE WORLD'S CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE
Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world's cultural and natural heritage.
REDUCE THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF NATURAL DISASTERS
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.
REDUCE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF CITIES
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.
PROVIDE ACCESS TO SAFE AND INCLUSIVE GREEN AND PUBLIC SPACES
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.
STRONG NATIONAL AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning.
IMPLEMENT POLICIES FOR INCLUSION, RESOURCE EFFICIENCY AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
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.
SUPPORT LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES IN SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT BUILDING
Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials.