Sustainable development themes

Human settlements / urbanism

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Children in Kallyanpur, one of the urban slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
UN Photo/Kibae Park

Perspectives on Human settlements / urbanism

Diane Diacon | Progress of human settlements and sustainable development over the last 50 years

As the world population increases and moves into cities, our human settlements may endanger the poor or present the solutions for sustainability. Diane Diacon explains that we have the solutions but we need to start applying them.

Waste collecting on the side of a river

Sunita Narain | The Centre for Science and Environment

CSE was set up in 1980 in New Delhi as an institution that would work on topical issues of sustainable development, looking at the linkages between science, technology, and environment. The objective was to create public consciousness on the need for sustainable development, and influence public policies, as Sunita Narain describes.


Timeline for Human settlements / urbanism

Go to Sustainable Development Timeline to see milestones for all themes.