Sustainable cities and communities

Goal: 
11

More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of all humanity. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

The rapid growth of cities in the developing world, coupled with increasing rural to urban migration, has led to a boom in mega-cities. In 1990, there were ten mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more. In 2014, there are 28 mega-cities, home to a total 453 million people.

Extreme poverty is often concentrated in urban spaces, and national and city governments struggle to accommodate the rising population in these areas. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive. 

Goals in Action

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Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of UNDP, Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS,...

3-7 February 2020, Tirana, Albania: UNODC supported the organization of the first Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) "walkthrough" training workshop for 25 national professionals and academic experts from Albania and Kosovo...

The official opening of the Air Cargo Control Unit (ACCU) took place at the Tirana International Airport. The event was organized in the framework of the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP), supported by the Governments of France and...

The Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) following the earthquake that hit Albania on 26 November 2019 was released today to serve as the basis for mobilising the donor community for the recovery phase. The assessment prepared jointly by the...

Albania earthquake: European Union, United Nations and World Bank jointly support Government to assess needs, develop recovery plan

A full-scale Post Disaster Needs Assessment is underway 

 

Tirana, 24...

Immediately following the 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Albania in the early hours of 26 November, the United Nations family began mobilizing.  Agencies on the ground – especially WHO, UNDP, UNHCR and UNICEF – began organizing their support while...

‘It’s Climate Action Time for Albania!’ ‘All of us must act now, and we must accelerate action!’ These were the key messages out of a special celebration of the UN Day in Albania.

 

Brian J. Williams, Resident Representative of UN...

Gjirokastra, 25 September 2019 – In a week packed of events aimed at raising awareness on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the country, Gjirokastra hosted a Town Hall dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals and how such major...

Durrës, 9 September 2019: “Investing in human capital is one of three ‘accelerators’ for the Sustainable Development Goals in Albania” said the UN’s Resident Coordinator in Albania, Brian Williams, addressing the participants of the Skills for...

Five young people were awarded with special recognition during the celebrations of United Nations Day in Albania. The event dedicated to youth called “It’s Youth Time” was organized by the UN in partnership with the Ministry for Europe and...

United Nations celebrated the third anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals through a week of awareness-raising and accountability activities which took place between 25 and 28 September in several cities across Albania...

An event called “Sustainable Development Goals acceleration and European Union integration in accession countries: the cases of Albania, Montenegro and

Serbia,” was organized in the margins of the High-Level Political Forum 2018 bringing...

School Food Nutrition can be ensured by promoting from farm to school initiatives.

Tirana, 20 June 2018 – Today in a round table organized at the premises of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development were...

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Tirana, 2 March 2018

With over 1.4 million Albanians living outside the country, principally in Italy and Greece, but present all over the world, the Albanian diaspora represents a huge and...

Tirana, 4 December 2017 - The Albanian Parliament unanimously approved on Monday a resolution on commitment to Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.  

By endorsing this Resolution, the Parliament of Albania collectively...

Tirana 24 October 2017. To celebrate United Nations Day, twenty-five public and private universities and faculties in Albania signed an agreement committing to play an active role to advance Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The...

1. Your Excellency, you have been in Albania for over a year now being the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in this Balkan country. In the first place, how do you find your position as UN Resident...

Six municipalities in Albania have joined cities across Europe by signing the European Charter for Equality of women and men in local life. Gjirokastra, Korça, Tirana, Elbasan, Durres and Shkodra have signed the Charter within a year, formally...

The Delegation of the European Union to Albania signed today a financial agreement of EUR 3.5 million which will go to support the consolidation of the Territorial and Administrative Reform in Albania. The EU contribution to the STAR 2 project is...

During the evening of November 25, Piro, a young architect from Tirana, Albania, had just finished setting up the Christmas tree at his home. "I fixed it firmly so it could survive an earthquake," he joked with his fiancée. A few hours later,...

Every morning, Erion Dehari packs a bag and leaves his room in the in-patient wing of the University Medical Centre “Mother Teresa” in Tirana, Albania’s capital, for his treatment.

The 27-year old student was diagnosed with brain cancer in...

The Blind Students Institute in Tirana can now benefit from a renovated resource center.
This intervention features a modern laboratory for Braille books production well equipped with relevant tools to print or emboss the academic...

Tone is 33 and a mother of three children. She used to live in a village in Puka, north Albania. During 10 years of marriage, she experienced daily violence from her husband, sometimes even in the presence of their children.
“It was an...