Sustainable cities and communities

Goal 11 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable calls for better planning and investment in cities and informal settlements to improve the quality of lives of people living in urban areas. Africa’s urbanization process is a transformative force and a development priority for the region. Africa’s speed and scale of urbanization, compared with other world regions, will position the continent as an urban region in less than two decades. Urbanization can be a vehicle to create wealth, generate employment and drive human progress by harnessing agglomeration forces and industrialization for inclusive and sustainable development. Nonetheless, African cities are not coping with adequate planning and managing the rapid urban growth occurring in many countries. Effective implementation strategies and tracking mechanisms are critical for achieving targets that countries have committed to as outlined in: SDG 11; Aspiration 1 and Priority 4, of Agenda 2063, The Africa We Want; and the New Urban Agenda.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development
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