Sustainable cities and communities

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Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

More than half of us now live in towns and cities, and with migration and population growth, that proportion is set to keep rising. But for the poorest people, that often means living in slums where conditions are dire.

Open sewers, dangerous buildings, disease and crime are just some of the problems residents face. As well as tackling living conditions in our cities, we need to improve transport and other infrastructure, and the purity of our water and air. Investing in better data about people in urban areas would mean governments could provide better services to everyone who lives there too.

Our cities are only going to get busier – but we can make them safe, healthy and happy places to live.

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Stand as ONE

World leaders have agreed to 17 Global Goals that would mean a better life for all of us. The Goals are a plan to build a world where children don't go to bed hungry, where girls get the same opportunity to thrive as boys, and where people don't die of preventable diseases. It's one of the most incredible to-do lists ever written - but now we need to turn words into action.

As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality exist in our world, none of us can truly rest.

Nelson Mandela

Mandela's words represent what it means to be a ONE member and at the birth of these ambitious new goals, we will not rest until they are achieved. Stand with more than 9 million others and in Mandela's honour - pledge to use your voice. We know it has power to change lives and bring about a better world for all of us, as ONE.