Working Group 2: Urban infrastructure as key to achieving SDG 11: conditions, experiences and perspectives from the Global South


Chair: Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues, Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden (


Agenda 2030 has defined urban development as a key sustainable development goal (SDG). Since its approval, countries have been aligning their policies and practices to the Agenda and reporting on them, namely through national voluntary reviews. Focussing specifically on SDG 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable – this WG will discuss the centrality of infrastructural development for urban development. The WG will demonstrate:

i. how infrastructures and technologies are key to achieving the goal;
ii. the social and economic implications of the infrastructural and technological deficiencies;
iii. the future urban infrastructures that support and generate more just and sustainable futures.

The WG will analyse aspects related to urban infrastructure and technologies, as they relate to:

  • Housing and basic services, in particular slums and informal settlements (11.1);
  • Urban transport systems (11.2; 11.a);
  • Urban planning and management, including issues related to land, participation and national and regional planning linking the urban and the rural (11.3, 11.a);
  • Urban heritage and conservation and the necessary infrastructural improvements (11.4);
  • Risks and disasters that affect urban infrastructure and basic services and their management (11.5, 11.b);
  • Needed infrastructure to reduce the environmental impact of cities (11.6);
  • Urban public spaces and the existing and lacking infrastructure (11.7);
  • Sustainable and resilient buildings (11.c).

The group welcomes papers analysing the progresses of urban develop                          pment indicators, namely in terms of the infrastructural development, as well as those reflecting on the social and economic implications and on development needs. The group will be most particularly interested in cases and studies in the Global South but comparative analyses and reflections are also desired and sought after.