Sustainable Development Goal 11

Decisions made in cities today will determine whether humans succeed at creating a sustainable future. An estimated 70% of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050, escalating the demand for clean air and water, transportation, housing and more. This poses steep challenges related to inequities in urban service provision, resource use, environmental degradation and economic productivity.

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


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WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities works to identify solutions for sustainable urban growth (SDG 11.3), enable access to safe, affordable and accessible transport systems (SDG 11.2) and create more equal cities (SDG 10). We collaborate with the WRI Climate Resilience Practice to strengthen cities’ resilience to climate change (SDG 11.3, SDG 11.A, SDG 11.B). Our Building Energy Accelerator fast-tracks solutions for low-emission buildings and affordable housing (SDG 11.1). Our Sustainable Urban Mobility program aims to accelerate safer and cleaner transportation systems, including electric vehicles (SDG 11.2).

Our flagship World Resources Report, “Towards a More Equal City,” a five-year project with multiple thematic papers on urban issues and city case studies, is transforming how city leaders, corporate executives and civil society approach urban development challenges in the global south. By focusing on solutions to improve access to core services — such as housing, transport, water and sanitation — by under-served populations, we are helping to make cities better for all people (SDG 11).