SDG 11 Background Note - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


AFSD 2023 SDG 11 Background Note

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/RFSD/2023/INF.5

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Information material

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination

Focus Area: Natural resource sustainability

Initiatives: Arab Forum for Sustainable Development, Women, peace and security, Monitoring Sustainable Development Goal Data

SDGs: Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Keywords: Sustainable development, Community development, Covid-19, Displaced persons, Urban planning, Urban population

SDG 11 Background Note

March 2023

To achieve SDG 11 and realize its promise of building sustainable and resilient cities and local communities, the Arab Sustainable Development Report 2020 identified recommendations to strengthen people-centred urban planning and integrated spatial policies, to build a better urban governance framework, and to ensure the sustainable management of natural resources.

Those recommendations, in addition to strategic directions for incorporating human rights-based approaches, remain relevant to Arab countries’ efforts to build back better in the post-COVID era and bolster urban resilience against future shocks.

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