SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste Management

In order to address the challenges of increasing waste in low- and middle-income countries in Asia and the Pacific, urgent action is needed from local and national governments, non-government organizations (NGOs), private sector, and communities. The course provides tools and knowledge on locally appropriate strategies and multi-stakeholder solutions for sustainable waste management using 3R principles in cities in developing countries, including establishing Integrated Resource Recovery Centers.

Wastewater Management and Sanitation in Urban and Peri-Urban Areas

The course on Wastewater Management and Sanitation has a Special Policy Emphasis on Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS) and is based on the respective Policy Guidance Manual. The Policy Guidance Manual is an outcome of the joint ESCAP-UN-Habitat-AIT technical assistance project, which is promoting enabling policies on wastewater treatment and sanitation in South-East Asia, and has three main objectives.

Shifting Towards Water-Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities

Sustainable, livable cities are the way forward for the future of Asia-Pacific. The 2030 Agenda implementation urges to advance urban SDG with other SDGs, related to resilience of water infrastructure to climate change. Water (-Hazard) Resilient (Infrastructure for ) and Sustainable Cities are cities that achieve safe and adequate water supply and sanitation services based on sound water-related ecosystems, high level of water use efficiency, and a greater urban resilience to water-related disasters (here Water-Resilient Cities).

ICTD Case Study 2: ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction

The second issue of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development’s (APCICT) ICTD Case Study Series, ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction, discusses the ways in which ICT has positively impacted the various phases of disaster management. Noting the use of ICT during and in the immediate aftermath of disasters like the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and most recently the Haiti Earthquake, the case studies examine the important role ICTs play in disaster preparedness, response and mitigation.

Stories/Blogs under the Framework of the Humans of MY World Initiative


The Humans of MY World (HOMY) initiative showcases personal testimonies from around the world on why the SDGs matter to people and their communities. Inspired by “Humans of New York”, HOMY reveals the individual impact in achieving the SDGs. To learn more, click here

Below is a collection of select stories and blogs from the framework of HOMY. 

Low-carbon Transport for Development: Trends and Recommendations for Islamic Development Bank Member Countries

The importance of transport to the global economy cannot be overemphasized. Mobility of people and goods remains vital for economic development and personal well-being of communities and nations. As the global human population increases, increased need for mobility