United Nations E-Government Survey 2018

Gearing E-Government to Support Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies

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Governments have the critical responsibility to pursue policies and measures to build resilience and assist those most affected by shocks in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They must find ways to anticipate disasters and shocks and lower their impact. Digital technologies are increasingly being used by governments to improve the response to disasters and other shocks to improve the resilience of communities. In the information society, it is important to move onwards to an approach where the concerns of building resilience, sustainable development and leaving no one behind are embedded in e-government development.



Improve cities resilience and sustainability through e-government assessment

Cities are important hubs of human activity that are gaining in population and increased importance in the global economy. In 2016, close to 4 billion people — 54 per cent of the world’s population — lived in cities. According to the World Bank, in the last 50 years the proportion of population living in cities has increased by 50 per cent, and it is estimated that, by 2050, 6 billion people will be living in cities (66 per cent of the world’s population). In 2014, high levels of urbanisation, at or above 80 per cent, characterised Latin America and the Caribbean and Northern America. Europe, with 73 per cent of its population living in cities, is expected to be over 80 per cent urban by 2050. Africa and Asia, in contrast, remain mostly rural, with 40 per cent and 48 per cent of their respective populations living in urban areas. Over the coming decades, the level of urbanisation is expected to increase in all regions, with Africa and Asia urbanising faster than the rest.


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