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SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities

By the year 2050, nearly 70% of the global population is expected to live in urban areas. That fact alone should be enough to explain the urgency of SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and achieving the SDG 11 indicators. With the population of the world expected to be near 10 billion people by then, that means nearly 7 billion people will be living in urban environments. So if we think there are infrastructure issues now, we may be headed towards much worse. The Sustainable Development Goals are of course meant to define and tackle the world’s greatest challenges. Crowded urban environments are the cause for many of these issues, from health to sanitation, housing to the environment. So, how are we doing in tackling this fundamental goal?