Sustainable Cities and Communities

Living Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökcin Özuyar, Tony Wall

Introduction

The problems related to the process of industrialisation such as biodiversity depletion, climate change and a worsening of health and living conditions, especially but not only in developing countries, intensify. Therefore, there is an increasing need to search for integrated solutions to make development more sustainable. The United Nations has acknowledged the problem and approved the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. On 1st January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda officially came into force. These goals cover the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection.  

The Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals comprehensively addresses the SDGs in an integrated way. The Encyclopedia encompasses 17 volumes, each one devoted to one of the 17 SDGs. This volume addresses SDG 11, namely “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”  and contains the description of a range of terms, which allow a better understanding and foster knowledge.  This book presents a set of papers on the state of the art of knowledge and practices about the numerous challenges for cities, solutions and opportunities for the future.


Concretely, the defined targets are:
  • Ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
  • 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
  • Enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries 
  • Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
  • 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
  • Reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
  • Provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities 
  • Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
  • 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 
  • Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials

Editorial Board

Samuel Borges Barbosa
Elisa Conticelli
Erin Hopkins
Olga Kuznetsova
Astrid Skjerven
Hari Srinivas

Editors and affiliations

  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 1
  • Anabela Marisa Azul
    • 2
  • Luciana Brandli
    • 3
  • Pinar Gökcin Özuyar
    • 4
  • Tony Wall
    • 5
  1. 1.European School of SustainabilityHamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Center for Neuroscience & Cell BiologyUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  3. 3.Faculty of Engineering and ArchitecturePasso Fundo University Faculty of Engineering and ArchitecturePasso FundoBrazil
  4. 4.Istinye UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  5. 5.International Centre for ThrivingUniversity of ChesterChesterUK

Bibliographic information

  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71061-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-7403
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-7411
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Number Of Entries 39
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Part of the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals book series (ENUNSDG)