SDG 11
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What is the goal about?

Providing safe and sustainable cities through protection of cultural and natural heritage, secure housing, transport systems and road safety with a focus on sustainable urbanization and environmental impact.

How does that relate to the Lebanon context?

Lebanon has a rich urban cultural heritage, with a number of the world’s oldest cities. The country has, however, witnessed large demographic changes, including a high level of conflict-induced urbanisation and waves of external and internal displacements. Such increasingly complex urban contexts can make it more difficult to maintain social coherence and ensure inclusion.

Key Statistics

Did you know…

…that around 90% of the population in Lebanon live in urban areas and about 30% live in the Beirut metropolitan area alone?

…that the majority of Syrian refugees live in urban areas, often in high density poor neighbourhoods and sometimes in vulnerable conditions?

…63% of Palestine refugees in Lebanon and 55% of Palestine refugees from Syria live inside camps, most of which are located in urban areas?

Goals in action

UNDP Programme Assistance to the Palestinian People

From a tent to a home in Gaza

Taghreed Abu Al Amarin is a 42-year-old housewife and a mother of nine children. Currently a resident of Beit Lahia, Taghreed has been her family’s sole provider since she lost her husband in 2013. MORE >

UNDP Syria

Emergency employment yields a healthier environment for Syrians

Mohammad was one of the Syrian citizens who never thought that the escalating hostilities would force him out of his home MORE >


Bolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in Iraq

For Murad, 41, a father of seven, the worst part of being internally displaced was to endure being jobless for more than six months. MORE >

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