Describing SDG 11,Urie Bronfenbrenner says:
"In the planning and designing of new communities, housing projects, and urban renewal, the planners both private and public, need to give explicit consideration to the kind of world that is being created for the children who will be growing up in these settings."
Key business themes addressed by this SDG:
1. Access to affordable housing
2. Infrastructure investments
3. Sustainable transportation
4. Access to public spaces
5. Sustainable buildings
Examples of key actions and solutions:
develop and/or participate in a sustainable community that brings together
relevant stakeholders through a common and neutral platform to jointly analyze,
discuss and act on urban functionality, resilience and sustainable development.
technological expertise to help build capacity of building owners to deliver
solutions to improve energy efficiency in buildings and enable sound building
management practices using good data about a building’s performance.
with cities and governments to find solutions to future mobility needs that
minimize environmental impact while making transportation safer and more
affordable for all.
private sector finance investment strategies to support integrated and
sustainable urban development like sustainable urban transport, low-carbon
buildings, and resilient infrastructure.
- Invest in safe and sustainable infrastructure in
the community and or city of operation, including lighting, transportation,
alarm systems etc.
With an estimated 70% of the world's population predicted to live in cities by 2050, sustainable cities are key. This video by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII) highlights creative ways that business and cities can work together for a sustainable future.
In 2007 the world’s urban population outnumbered its rural population for the first time in history. The rapid growth of cities in the developing world is placing enormous demands on food systems. Cities expand into fertile land, and the food needs of urban families increase, competing for natural resources such as land and water. Inevitably, fluctuating food prices tend to hit urban consumers the hardest, as they are almost exclusively dependent on food purchases. Variations in food prices and income directly translate into diminished purchasing power and rising rates of food insecurity, compromising their dietary quantity and quality. While family farms still produce 80 percent of the world’s food, recent trends have seen agriculture – including horticulture, livestock, fisheries, forestry and milk production – increasingly spreading to towns and cities and its peripheries. Urban and peri-urban agriculture can provide fresh food, generate employment, recycle urban organic waste, create greenbelts, and strengthen cities’ resilience to climate change. [Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations]
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 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 struggle 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. [Sustainable Development Goals Fund]
Achieving SDG 11, so thus all of SDGs, is not a one-punch job, it needs a lot of effort and a long period time. Baby steps are the ones which mean the most, for example replacing diesel buses with cableways in Columbia or ecological waste management which also creates jobs in Nairobi, Kenya.