Sustainable Development Goal 11 is to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, often abbreviated as SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. The aim of this goal is to ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and transport and basic services and to upgrade slums; to reduce the number of deaths and ill-health caused by disasters, with a focus on the poor and people in vulnerable situations; and to reduce the adverse environmental impact of cities and poor air quality. Given that people with diverse SOGIESC are often among the most marginalised in a given society, they are more vulnerable in the face of air pollution and disasters; they also face unique challenges in accessing adequate housing.
SDG 11 is a diverse SOGIESC issue because people with diverse SOGIESC face high levels of homelessness and face challenges in accessing decent shelter and housing. For instance, people with diverse SOGIESC are more likely to experience homelessness as a result of familial discrimination and ostracization; people with diverse SOGIESC also face discrimination in housing policy whereby landlords are legally allowed to discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
The resources available under SDG 11 focus primarily on housing access. More resources will be added to this category as they become available.
These resources have been compiled to enable development practitioners to better consider the needs and positions of people with diverse SOGIESC, and to empower practitioners with the information they need to better meet the targets of SDG 11.