Financing Urban Infrastructure to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda
23 February 2023
• The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the State of Urban Infrastructure gaps and differences in social, physical in the Arab Region and healthcare infrastructures in the Arab cities. [...] The State of Arab Cities Report 2022 16 A secondary objective is to enable better-in- the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, formed urban decision-making and policy the promotion of the Sustainable Development formulation capacities, targeting the regional, Goals – with a focus on Goal 11 – and the ap- sub-regional, national, and local levels, with a plication of the New Urban Agenda in the. [...] While the population size of the population of the region, accounts for approxi- countries differs considerably, four countries 30 mately 60 percent of the total population, while collectively make up around 50 per cent of 20 the rural population accounts for the remaining the population of the total Arab region. [...] It is expected that by 2050, all of the As previously mentioned, the region stands in countries in the region will have more than 50 a high position when it comes to the absolute per cent of their populations residing in urban size of the population as well as the percent- areas.8 age of the population living in urban areas. [...] As can be seen in Figure 5, Egypt, Sudan, and Iraq The above provides a brief snapshot of the are among the list of the top countries that are geographic and socioeconomic diversity expected to contribute the most to the world’s within the region.