GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. Since 2007, more than half the world’s population has been living in cities, and that share is projected to rise to 60 per cent by 2030.

Cities and metropolitan areas are powerhouses of economic growth—contributing about 60 per cent of global GDP. However, they also account for about 70 per cent of global carbon emissions and over 60 per cent of resource use.

Rapid urbanization is resulting in a growing number of slum dwellers, inadequate and overburdened infrastructure and services (such as waste collection and water and sanitation systems, roads and transport), worsening air pollution and unplanned urban sprawl.

The impact of COVID-19 will be most devastating in poor and densely populated urban areas, especially for the one billion people living in informal settlements and slums worldwide, where overcrowding also makes it difficult to follow recommended measures such as social distancing and self-isolation.

The UN food agency, FAO, warned that hunger and fatalities could rise significantly in urban areas, without measures to ensure that poor and vulnerable residents have access to food.

UN AI Actions

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations Habitat (UN Habitat)


9 June 2020
16:00 - 17:15 CEST, Geneva
Alva Lim (Agora Food Studio), Burr Settles (Duolingo), Chamisa Edmo...
13 October 2020
11:00 - 12:30 CEST, Geneva
Adam Fysh (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)), Bilel Jamoussi (International Telecommunication Union (ITU)), Joanna Batstone (Monash Data Futures Institute)...
21 January 2021
16:00 - 17:30 CET, Geneva
Anthony Rea (World Meteorological Organization (WMO)), Bilel Jamoussi (International Telecommunication Union (ITU)), Cameron Birge (Microsoft)...
23 September 2021
16:00 - 17:00 CEST, Geneva
Bilel Jamoussi (International Telecommunication Union (ITU)), Robin R. Murphy (Texas A&M University), Shashikant A. Sharma (Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO))...
29 September 2021
09:00 - 11:00 CEST, Geneva | 16:00-18:00 KST, Seoul
Myung-Joon Kim (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)), Hyoung Jun Kim (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)), Seung-Hwan Lee (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI))...
23 November 2021
14:00 - 15:00 CET, Geneva
Marco Zennaro (The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)), Marcelo Rovai (Universidade Federal de Itajubá)
30 November 2021
16:00 - 17:30 CET, Geneva
Davide Scaramuzza (University of Zurich), Robin R. Murphy (Texas A&M University), Bilel Jamoussi (International Telecommunication Union (ITU))...
20 January 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CET, Geneva
Lj Rich (BBC News), Kostas Alexis (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)), Navinda Kottege (CSIRO)...
14 February 2022
11:00 - 14:00 CET, Geneva | 18:00-21:00 CST, Beijing | 05:00-08:00 EST, New York
Ramy Ahmed Fathy (National Telecom Regulatory Authority, Egypt), Sebastian Bosse (Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI)), Ioannis Athanasiadis (Wageningen University & Research)...
15 March 2022
15:00 - 17:30 CET, Geneva | 22:00-00:30 CST, Beijing | 10:00-12:30 EST, New York
Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano), Vasil Yordanov (‘Vasil Levski’ National Military University)
16 March 2022
10:00 - 15:45 CET, Geneva | 17:00-22:45 CST, Beijing | 05:00-10:45 EST, New York
Monique Kuglitsch (Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute), Anaïs Couasnon (Vrije University Amsterdam), Pablo Salvador (University of Valladolid)...
30 March 2022
16:00 - 17:45 CEST, Geneva | 22:00-23:45 CST, Beijing | 10:00-11:45 EDT, New York
Ian F. Akyildiz (ITU Journal on Future and Evolving Technologies (ITU-J FET)), Alessia Magliarditi (International Telecommunication Union (ITU)), Mérouane Debbah (Technology Innovation Institute (TII))
1 April 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing | 10:00-11:30 EDT, New York
Gary Stewart (The Nest), Joseph K. Hopkins (The IPRESTIGE Emerge Fund LLC), Katja Schäfer (UN-Habitat)...
12 April 2022
16:00 - 18:00 CEST, Geneva | 22:00-00:00 CST, Beijing | 10:00-12:00 EST, New York
Katja Schäfer (UN-Habitat), Melissa Permezel (UN-Habitat), Fábio Duarte (MIT Senseable City Lab)...
16 May 2022
13:00 - 16:00 CEST, Geneva | 7:00-10:00 EST, New York | 19:00-22:00 CST, Beijing
Bryn Balcombe (Oxbotica), Espedito Rusciano (Dutch Vehicle Authority (RDW)), Maria Cristina Galassi (European Commission)...
30 June 2022
16:00 - 17:30 CEST, Geneva | 22:00-23:30 CST, Beijing | 10:00-11:30 EST, New York
Erol Ahmed (Built Robotics), Bharath Sankaran (Scaled Robotics), Thomas Bock (Technical University of Munich )...
13 October 2022
16:00 - 18:00 CEST, Geneva | 10:00-12:00 EDT, New York | 22:00-24:00 CST, Beijing
Dario Floreano (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)), Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania)
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