Cities across the Asia Pacific region are experiencing rapid growth, which has accelerated urban development and provided opportunities for increased access to the diverse goods and services available in urban areas. In 2019, the region became majority urban for the first time in history. However, despite significant progress in many areas, some indicators in SDG 11 reveal regression in the region since 2000, including in key areas such as inclusion, safety, equality and environmental impact.
Challenges include providing housing and tenure security, addressing infrastructure needs and services for the rapidly increasing urban populations, and tackling exclusion and inequality. Turning cities into safe spaces for women and girls is also of paramount importance. Transformative actions need to be taken to make cities more resilient to the impacts of natural disasters and climate change, and to promote resource efficiency and circular economies to reduce pressures on natural resources and eco-systems.
Find out more on the Asia Pacific SDG Gateway.