SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


Target 11.1: By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums


Target 11.2: By 2030, 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


Target 11.3: By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries


Target 11.7: By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities


Target 11.a: Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, pre-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning


Target 11.b: By 2020, 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


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the interconnectedness of contemporary challenges, and the need for comprehensive and participatory approaches to address them. UNODC has adopted the same lens to understand the security challenges of individual cities. Building inclusive societies by focusing on city safety and resilient governments lies at the heart of UNODC's work at the urban level. 

The role of local government is vital as this is the layer of government closest to the people, and it often has significant decision-making and spending power. Accordingly, recognizing that the future success of the SDGs resides in large part in cities, UNODC is determined to contribute to the "localizing" of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for urban policy-makers and planners, particularly those residing in the Global South. 

UNODC's Urban Safety Governance Approach aims to make urban environments safe, inclusive and resilient by addressing the multi-causal factors of violence, crime and insecurity. The approach ensures that crime prevention and community safety strategies, policies, and programmes are tailored to meet grassroots needs and take account of the interface between global crime threats and local vulnerabilities. In addition to strengthening the role of cities in dealing with crime and violence, it also emphasizes on building resilience of communities by addressing structural issues such as corruption and lack of transparency, and in providing a space free of drug use, terrorism and organised crime.