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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018

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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 provides an overview of progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and is prepared by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in cooperation with the United Nations system and based on current available data and information. This third edition of the annual report contains an in-depth review of the six Goals related to the 2018 theme of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF): Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies as well as an overview with key findings for all 17 Goals of the SDGs.

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Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, many countries face growing numbers of slum dwellers, worsening air quality and insufficient basic urban services and infrastructure. Urban sprawl continues, with the physical expansion of cities increasing at a rate 1.5 times that of population growth, highlighting the need for better urban planning and more efficient transportation systems. To address many of these challenges, 152 countries have developed national urban policies that support sustainable urbanization. Although progress is being made, efforts must be redoubled to ensure that all urban inhabitants have access to safe and adequate housing, clean air and basic services, and live in resilient and sustainable communities.

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