SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Ergebnisse – Konflikte – Perspektiven

Am 18. und 19. September 2023 trafen sich Staats- und Regierungschefs bei den Vereinten Nationen in New York, um eine Halbzeitbilanz der Fort- bzw. Rückschritte bei der Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 und ihrer Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung (SDGs) zu ziehen. Das Treffen war der zweite SDG-Gipfel seit der Verabschiedung der Agenda 2030 im September 2015.

Der SDG-Gipfel stand am Beginn einer ganzen Gipfelwoche. Es folgten drei hochrangige Veranstaltungen zum Thema globale Gesundheit, ein Hochrangiger Dialog zur Entwicklungsfinanzierung, der sogenannte Climate [...]

On the eve of the (virtual) United Nations 75th anniversary event and the Global Goals Week authors presented this year's global civil society report Spotlight on Sustainable Development.


If you missed the virtual launching event you can watch the recording here.

Find the report & further information here.


Global Civil Society Report on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs

New York, 18 September 

The COVID-19 crisis and the worldwide measures to tackle it have deeply affected communities, societies and economies around the globe. The implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been put at high risk in many countries. COVID-19 is a global wake-up call for enhanced international cooperation and solidarity.

But calls for “building back better” by just pushing the reset button will not change the game. We need structural changes [...]

By Daria Cibrario, Public Services International[1]


While the promotion of market-led approaches to housing is still prevalent at a global level, some local governments are joining forces to swim against the tide.

Facing a 100 percent surge in rent prices since 2015, Berlin’s local government has frozen rent prices for the next five years at June 2019 levels and repurchased 670 apartments that were to be sold to real estate holding company Deutsche Wohnen, sparing [...]

By Daniel Bertossa, Public Services International (PSI)


Around the world, frontline public service workers continue to receive praise and support for their vital role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Yet these underfunded public services and brutal working conditions are not inevitable. They are the result of decades of deliberate erosion of our public services through budget cuts, privatization and understaffing.

Undermining the quality and accessibility of public services has been part of a deliberate strategy to loosen the [...]

By Daria Cibrario, Public Services International[1]


Although the legal frameworks underpinning housing policies and allocating resources are typically set at a national level, it is often local and regional governments which are responsible for the implementation of local housing development and manage public and social housing stocks and related services.[2] As the global trends in urbanization widening inequality and mass displacements accelerate due to war, migration and the climate crisis, the [...]

By Daria Cibrario, Public Services International[1]


“Stay at home”, advised as key in the fight against COVID-19, implies there is a home to stay in. But in absence of prompt, extraordinary measures to support income and mitigate the social impact of the crisis, many millions around the world will be evicted or dispossessed as they become unable to pay their rents and mortgages. Shockingly, some are now even losing their accommodation because of the stigma [...]

Global civil society report assesses structural obstacles and institutional gaps in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

New York, 8 July 2019: “The world is off-track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most governments have failed to turn the transformational vision of the 2030 Agenda into real transformational policies. Even worse, xenophobia and authoritarianism are on the rise in a growing number of countries.”

“The implementation of the 2030 Agenda is not just a matter of better policies. It requires more holistic and more sweeping shifts in how power is vested, including through institutional and governance [...]

By Daria Cibrario, Public Services International (PSI), and Andrea Ciambra, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

Highlighting the crucial role of local and regional governments in the frontline implementation of the SDGs, this article showcases a selection of innovative initiatives by subnational governments, often in dialogue and cooperation with trade unions and community groups. Cases go beyond the scope of SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) reaching out to other SDGs relating to essential public service access, housing, climate change [...]

By Daria Cibrario, Public Services International (PSI)

Waste collection and management are essential public services for every community and are necessary for the protection of public health and the environment. Quality waste-related services are critical to urban management and policies, they underpin thriving local economies and are vital to ensure public spaces can be enjoyed by everyone. Whenever urban waste services and management systems are poor or fail, inhabitants suffer bad living conditions – especially those in the poorest neighbourhoods [...]