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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Richer de Forges

Making Strides Towards Sustainable Cities and Communities in Southeast Asia! 

Making Strides Towards Sustainable Cities and Communities in Southeast Asia! 

As we aim for Sustainable Development Goal 11—Sustainable Cities and Communities—Southeast Asian nations are forging ahead in creating more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable urban environments. Here are some compelling figures highlighting their remarkable progress:

Urban Population Growth:

Southeast Asia's urban population has surged to over 350 million, a significant rise from around 214 million in 2000, accounting for 48% of the region's total population, as per the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

Improved Sanitation Access:

Access to improved sanitation facilities has increased from 64% in 2000 to 77% in 2020, benefiting millions across the region, according to the ASEAN Secretariat.

Green Space Expansion:

Countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia have collectively increased green spaces by over 13,000 hectares in the last five years, promoting healthier urban ecosystems, as reported by CIFOR.

Investment in Sustainable Transport: Singapore, for instance, has committed over $28 billion in developing and enhancing its public transport system, while Thailand is investing $6.7 billion in electric vehicle infrastructure, according to the World Bank.

Climate Resilience Building:

The Philippines' community-based disaster risk reduction programs have reached over 7 million people, contributing to enhanced resilience, while Vietnam's climate adaptation strategies have led to a 42% reduction in disaster-related deaths, based on UNDP.

Kudos to these initiatives driving transformative change! Let's continue collaborating and innovating to ensure sustainable urban development for present and future generations. Together, we can achieve SDG 11 and create cities where everyone can thrive! 

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