United Nations SDG 011 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • Faculty: Larissa Demel
  • Nanocourse
  • 3 hours/week, 1 Week
  • Content Category: Knowledge, Self-Mastery, Impact

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Nanocourse Description:

This course on SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities – allows for a learner to get a holistic and global understanding on the vast topic of sustainable urban development from an individual and collective standpoint. The learner will have the opportunity to deep-dive into one of nine urban challenges and how to support the sustainable development of their community.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this nanocourse you should be able to:

  1. Understand SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities in the wider global context
  2. Self-reflect on your values and attitudes on your community and the impact you currently have on it
  3. Develop a simple plan of action to begin to create change in your local community


Larissa Demel is the current director of Youth Engagement for the Special Olympics Latin America, where she oversees youth innovation projects for inclusion and accessibility for people with disability. Larissa was also a speaker at HABITAT III, the bi-decennial United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, where she launched Urban Action, a youth initiative in collaboration with UN Habitat and AIESEC that set out to implement over 150 youth projects related to New Urban Agenda and SDGs within the first year of New Urban Agenda adoption. She has published papers on social innovation through youth action on the SDGs which is being used by over 50,000 young people in 126 countries and created a SDG social project framework for young people, and has created the SDG 11 content on to the Young Person’s Guide to Saving the World.

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