In a few short weeks, Habitat for Humanity will kick-off a 6-month advocacy campaign focused on achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11. Because of our role as a leading advocate for housing at the center and our global engagement and local actions in communities, UN-Habitat has strongly encouraged our engagement to convene partners and engage stakeholders. Habitat for Humanity advocated for the inclusion of SDG Target 11.1 and brings unique expertise to ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrading slums. We are excited for this opportunity and hope you’ll join us! 

Sustainable Development Goal 11 – recognized as the “urban goal” with its focus on cities and urban spaces – acknowledges the need to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. It also recognizes the growing global urbanization trend in which cities will need to continue to house and support increasing numbers of people over the coming decades, especially in the least-developed countries. Urban areas account for less than 2% of the Earth’s surface, but more than half of the world’s population lives in them. By 2050, more than 2 of every 3 people are expected to live in a city.

Habitat for Humanity recognizes the importance of the 2030 Agenda and its role in helping to build a better and more sustainable future for all. Throughout the process of developing and framing the SDGs, Habitat for Humanity, alongside civil society organizations, local governments and other stakeholders through alliances, networks and platforms, contributed to the creation of SDG 11, specifically Target 11.1 Upon adoption of SDG 11, Habitat for Humanity has focused its attention to supporting and advocating for SDG 11 and its 10 targets, with a particular focus on Target 11.1.  Access to land for shelter is an integral component of achieving SDG 11, and with the Solid Ground global advocacy campaign now nearing its completion in March 2020, campaigning for SDG 11 will prove one of the many ways we will continue to advocate for land – the foundation for better housing. As a global nongovernmental organization working in approximately 70 countries and driven by our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity is committed to working with civil society organizations, governments at all levels, and other key stakeholders toward the achievement of SDG 11.

Habitat for Humanity will be attending the 10th session of the World Urban Forum, or WUF. Hosted every other year and convened by UN-Habitat, it has become the premier international congregation on addressing the challenges surrounding sustainable urbanization. For more on our engagement at WUF,  take a look at Where to find us at the World Urban Forum 10. This year at WUF10, Habitat for Humanity, alongside UN-Habitat and other partner organizations, will launch this targeted advocacy campaign to increase the number of national governments working towards and reporting progress on SDG 11 – particularly SDG 11.1, increasing access to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums..

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO ACHIEVE SDG 11

We can’t do this alone. Join us in our advocacy to ensure cities and human settlements are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Help us to reach our goal of increasing the number of national governments working towards and reporting progress on SDG 11, particularly SDG 11.1, increasing access to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums. We can do this through:

  • Elevating all SDG 11 indicators to tier 1 to make it a priority for national governments.
  • Integrating civil society, local and regional governments and community-level databases as valid inputs into national statistical databases for SDG 11 to enable more accurate data in reporting.
  • Defining indicator SDG 11.1.1 to include all of the UN definitions for adequate and affordable housing so that necessary and relevant data is collected.

You can start by showing your support now on Twitter.