RFSD Peer learning table on SDG 11

Notes from group discussion 28/03/2023 – no intervention delivered.

Urban planning standards and practices need to be aligned with the existing and emerging environmental and socio-economic challenges and be resilient to risks including climate change, pandemic, migration. In order to do that, urban planning needs to draw information from different sources and be inclusive.

Urban space should be a common space addressing the needs of different social and vulnerable groups – elder people, youth, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, migrants, LGBT. We need to be aware that nowaday vulnerable groups (who are vulnerable and for what) are rapidly changing (new groups emerge e.g. war and political refugees, residents of war-affected cities).

Relevant data, indicators and methodologies for assessing progress towards SDG at the city level is a key for monitoring and planning progress on SDG11. Urban data collection and urban data dashboards are important; support and collaboration are required for such initiatives.

Urban governance needs to be more inclusive, both legal grounds and implementation practices and required to support effective participation. Information, education and trainings on the goals and methods of participation are required for all stakeholders.