The United Nations developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that address the global challenges adopted by all UN Member states in 2015 and aims to fulfil by 2030.
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Cities are central hubs of economic and social power as half of humanity lives in cities today, and 5 billion are projected to live in cities in the next decade (Neshovski, 2018). However, people are equally moving away to nearby cities and communities due to affordability and better opportunities. A city’s vision is vital as it attracts and retains its visitors and residents contributing to their triple bottom line (social, economic, and environmental development). However, there is a new urban crisis of revitalization, or in contrast, the environments made up of multiple parts, including citizens and technology. Cities are concentrations of knowledge and creativity of diverse cultures and groups. Smaller cities compete for economic growth and a common competitive advantage to attract people through a city’s identity and vision. Berlin is the city of the arts and creativity and slowly moving towards the east. Lonely Planet voted Copenhagen as 2019 best city to visit, however, who has the authority to say which is the best and what is good? It goes back to the citizen’s needs and interests of what good means to themselves. Cities must consider the sustainability and technology changes to support what is meaningful to their identity and how citizens identify with place.
Read the full goals here.