The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Education, Medical Aid and Service Canada - El-Shaddai Community Centre

Haitians are learning how to “Build Better than Before” through this post-earthquake reconstruction project. In addition to the construction of much-needed safe buildings, this project teaches workers hurricane- and earthquake-resistant construction techniques for a variety of building types.

Purchasing construction materials and supporting wages for workers provides employment and economic stimuli to the neighbourhood. The completed buildings have specific uses, such as a school or community centre, but also serve as hurricane shelters when needed. The construction work is being done entirely by Haitians.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of all humanity. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

The rapid growth of cities in the developing world, coupled with increasing rural to urban migration, has led to a boom in mega-cities. In 1990, there were ten mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more. In 2014, there are 28 mega-cities, home to a total 453 million people.

Extreme poverty is often concentrated in urban spaces, and national and city governments struggle to accommodate the rising population in these areas. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive.