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people currently live in slums or slum-like conditions in cities



of the world's population now lives in urban areas

By 2050 it will be


Without implementation of Goal 11 we could face difficulties related to rapid urban population growth, lack of infrastructure, poor urban governance and insufficient environmental protection. This may lead to increased poverty, unsustainable development, deteriorated quality of life, increased crime, environmental pollution and uncontrolled urban development.
Currently, according to a 2018 UN report, nearly 55% of the world's population lives in cities, and by 2050 this number is expected to increase to 68%.
According to a report by UN-Habitat, over 1 billion people currently live in slums, representing approximately 30% of the urban population in developing countries.
Many cities around the world are struggling with the problem of air pollution. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 91% of the world's population breathes air that does not meet safety standards.
Data so far show that only 10% of cities in the world meet sustainable development standards, such as efficient use of energy, environmental protection and access to public infrastructure.