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Understanding the SDGs: Goal 12 and the importance of responsible consumption

September 10, 2021

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are goals created by the United Nations in 2015 in order to provide a detailed framework for public, private, and civil society actors globally to bring about significant and transformative change towards a world that works for 100% of humanity and the planet as a whole.

In this article, we will show you what is the eleventh of these goals (the SDG about sustainable cities) and its importance!

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What is Goal 11 of the SDGs?

The eleventh goal of the SDGs is aimed at making cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. This means guaranteeing access for everyone to suitable housing and basic services, assuring accessible and sustainable urbanization and transport, as well as safeguarding the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

What is the importance of the industry, innovation and infrastructure SDG?

Even though the growth of cities provides many opportunities, well-being and prosperity for a lot of people, it leads to large financial, social and environmental inequalities as well. Almost a billion people live in slums and marginal neighborhoods throughout the world.

These densely populated areas have poor hygiene and are susceptible to violence as well as social exclusion. Although it is true that the percentage of people living in marginal neighborhoods fell in the first years of this century, it has now been growing since 2018.

This is why achieving more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and communities is such an important goal.

What types of policies are in line with Goal 11?

The types of policies that are in line with the reducing inequalities SDG are:

  • Policies aimed at ensuring access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums;
  • Policies aimed at providing access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety;
  • Policies aimed at enhancing inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries;
  • Policies aimed at strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

All the SDGs in one glimpse

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