SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

The Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030) and the New Urban Agenda of UN Habitat underline how recent global policy discourse stresses the need for a concerted focus at the city and the community scale. The UN SDG 11 goal has placed urbanization at the forefront of international development policy, viewing urban development as transformative and central in the pursuit of sustainable development.

The Institute for Future Cities is playing an active role across the world to help meet some of these targets, working in partnership with local organisations and communities.

The targets:

  • 11.1 – “Adequate, safe, and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums”
  • 11.2 – “Safe, affordable, accessible, and sustainable transport systems”
  • 11.3 – “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 – “Reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected by disasters and decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters”
  • 11.6 – “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 – “Provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces”


There is also recognition of the cross-cutting nature of urban issues is recognised in urban change impacting on a number of other Sustainable Development Goals, including SDGs 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 15, and 17, among others. Our projects thus seek to maximise benefits towards meeting many of the UN SDGs.