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جائزة الأميرة سبيكة بنت إبراهيم آل خليفة العالمية لتمكين المرأة Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Alkhalifa Global Award for Women Empoerment
Goal 11 And its Targets​

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

In recent decades, the world has experienced unprecedented urban growth. In 2015, close to 4 billion people — 54 per cent of the world’s population — lived in cities and that number is projected to increase to about 5 billion people by 2030. Rapid urbanization has brought enormous challenges, including growing numbers of slum dwellers, increased air pollution, inadequate basic services and infrastructure, and unplanned urban sprawl, which also make cities more vulnerable to disasters Almost half of the world’s population currently lives in cities, and by 2050 that is projected to increase to over 70 percent. The good news is that, if we are able to effect positive change in particular in cities, the benefits potentially will be felt by most of the world’s population and fulfill the dream of living in a comfortable home, enjoying a safe working environment, and being part of a community that contributes to quality of life.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gives a significant role to urbanization and cities with the inclusion of a stand-alone goal for cities and human settlements. This comes as recognition that cities are a string that connects all other goals together; Cities are engines of development, hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social, human and economic development and Urban planning, transport systems, water, sanitation, waste management, disaster risk reduction, access to information, education and capacity-building are all relevant issues to sustainable urban development.

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The challenge behind Sustainable Development Goal No. 11 is that it affects a variety of different aspects including:ensuring access for all to safe and affordable housing, meeting people’s needs for basic services including energy and water, developing sustainable public transport systems, creating a built environment that can minimize the impacts of natural disasters, and reducing the adverse environmental impact of cities by investing in renewable energy, managing scarce resources, and improving waste and recycling systems.

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