Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
WHAT IS IT
-The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. Since 2007, more than half the world’s population has been living in cities, and that share is projected to rise to 60 per cent by 2030.
-Data from a sample of 911 cities from 114 countries shows that in 2020, the share of urban area allocated to streets and open public spaces averages only about 16% globally, well below the UN-Habitat’s recommendations of 30% to street and an additional 10–15% to open public spaces.
11.1 By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
11.4 Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
11.5 By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.A Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
11.B By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
11.C Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Currently, the world is facing a global health crisis unlike any other — COVID-19 is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions of people around the globe
Before the pandemic, major progress was made in improving the health of millions of people. Significant strides were made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. But there remains a 31 year discrepancy between the countries with the shortest and longest life expectancies. While some countries have made impressive health gains, national averages can hide in-country disparities in health outcomes, for example in marginalized populations.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
Reach out and share
Share info about the importance of covid-19 vaccination around your family, friends and neighbours.
Listen and give support to people who you know are suffering from mental health issues.
Sign up for volunteer programs to make phone calls with isolated communities during the pandemic, especially seniors, to make them feel connected in society.
Take humanitarian Action
Donate to social organizations or programs that help people with disabilities, mental health issues and medical treatment.