Monitoring and Metrics for SDG 11

Here are documents that are mainly official reports on the progress of the SDGs all of which also have parts referring to SDG 11. In addition this section includes articles on the targets and indicators for SDG 11 and their measurement.


Bromaghim, Erin; Garcetti, Eric and Comer, Dawn (2019) Revising National SDG targets for the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles

Chan, Puthearath and Lee, Myeong-Hun (2019) Developing sustainable city indicators for Cambodia through Delphi processes of panel surveys, Sustainability, vol. 11, no. 11, 3166;

Diaz-Sarachaga, Jose Manuel and Jato-Espino, Daniel (2019) Development and application of a new Resilient, Sustainable, Safe and Inclusive Community Rating System (RESSICOM), Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 207, pp. 971-979,, also available at ResearchGate

Hansson, Stina; Arfvidsson, Helen and Simon, David (2019) Governance for sustainable urban development : the double function of SDG indicators, Area Development and Policy, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 217-235,

Melchiorri, Michele; Pesaresi, Martino; Florczyk, Aneta J.; Corbane, Christina; and Kemper, Thomas (2019) Principles and Applications of the Global Human Settlement Layer as Baseline for the Land Use Efficiency Indicator—SDG 11.3.1, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, vol. 8, no 2, 96;

Rozhenkova, Veronika; Allmang, Skye; Ly, Stephanie; Franken, Daniel and Heymann, Jody (2019) The role of comparative city policy data in assessing progress toward the urban SDG targets, Cities, vol. 95 (In progress (December 2019), Article 102357

The 2019 SDG index and dashboards report for European cities (prototype version) [Prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Brabrant Center for Sustainable Development (Telos, Tilburg University)

Xu, Xueyan; Gao, Jun; Zhang, Zhonghao and Fu, Jing (2019) An assessment of Chinese pathways to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goal-11 (SDG-11) - a case Study of the Yangtze River Delta urban agglomeration, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Helath, vol. 16, no. 13, 2288, (14 p.)

DG 11 Synthesis report 2018 (2018) Tracking progress towards inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements, Nairobi, United Nations

HLPF on sustainable Development (2018) 2018 review of SDGs implementation : SDG 11 – make cites and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development


Arfvidsson, Helen; Simon, David; Oloko, Michael and Moodley, Nishendra (2017) Engaging with and measuring informality in the proposed Urban Sustainable Development Goal, African Geographical Review, vol. 36, no 1, pp. 100-114,

Greene, Solomon and Meixell, Brady (2017) Hacking the Sustainable Development Goals : Can US cities measure up? (Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center : research report ; September 2017), Washington, Urban Institute

Klopp, Jacqueline M. and Petretta, Danielle L. (2017) The urban sustainable development goal : indicators, complexity and the politics of measuring cities, Cities, 63, pp. 92-97. Also available here


Choi, Junyoung; Hwang, Myunghwa; Kim, Gayeon; Seong; Janghwan and Ahn, Jaeseong (2016) Supporting the measurement of the United Nations’ sustainable development goal 11 through the use of national urban information systems and open geospatial technologies : a case study of South Korea, Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards, vol. 1. No. 4, (9 p.),

Lucci, Paula and Lynch, Alainna (2016) The SDGs at city level : Mumbai’s example (ODI working paper ; 432), London, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Lucci, Paula; Khan, Amina; Hoy, Christopher and Bhatkal, Tanvi (2016) Projecting progress : Are cities on track to achieve the SDGs by 2030? (ODI report ; October 2016), London, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Kharrazi, Ali; Qin, Hua and Zhang, Yi (2016) Urban big data and Sustainable Development Goals : challenges and opportunities, Sustainability, vol. 8, no. 12, 1293;

Metadata for goal 11

UN-Habitat (2016) SDG goal 11 monitoring framework : a guide to assist national and local governments to monitor and report on SDG goal 11 Indicators, Nairobi, Research and Capacity Development Branch, United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat)


Simon, David and Arfvidsson, Helen (2015). Pilot project to test potential targets and indicators for the urban sustainable development goal 11 - final report, Göteborg, Mistra Urban Futures