Thursday 24 september 2020
Elba2035 and Goal 11: Make Cities and Human Settlements
Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable
Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is an action plan for
people, the planet and prosperity undersigned in September 2015 by
the governments of the 193 Member states of the UN. The agenda is
structured through 17 Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs,
developing a grand action plan for a total of 169 "targets", with
the ultimate purpose of leading the world along the right path
during the next 15 years.
In its own small way Elba2035 sets out to follow the same
purpose, with the same long-term ambitious vision: to start from an
island territory such as Isola d'Elba with the aspiration of
becoming a driving model for a sustainability revolution in the
whole Country. At its foundations, a multi-stakeholder approach and
a process of co-creation for a common vision and mission, to be
shared among all the main players operating on the territory,
always taking inspiration from the principles set out in Agenda
For example, in the three macro-topics characterising the
workshops of Elba2035, many of the objectives pursue the same
targets defined by Goal 11: to "Make cities and human settlements
inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable".
Indeed, the first technical workshop "Sustainable Tourism"
focuses on how to integrate and improve the internal and external
mobility of the island, taking care of the needs of residents and
guests alike, increasing the ease of movement whilst at the same
time reducing environmental impact. An objective closely resembling
"By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and
sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety,
notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to
the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children,
persons with disabilities and older persons."
The second workshop "People, Society and Culture", asking itself
the question of how to build a local territorial identity capable
of developing culture and traditions alongside education, public
health and the urban centres of the island, guaranteeing a
territory that is accessible and inclusive for everybody, draws
inspiration from the following targets:
11.3 "By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization
and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human
settlement planning and management in all countries."
11.4 "Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world's
cultural and natural heritage."
11.7 "By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and
accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and
children, older persons and persons with disabilities."
11.a "Support positive economic, social and environmental links
between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national
and regional development planning."
11.b By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and
human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and
plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and
adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop
and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk
Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all
Finally, Workshop3, "Environment and Beauty of the Local
Territory". In this case, the Workshop's topic brings to attention
the need to achieve the island's autonomy from the point of view of
natural resources, therefore its aim is the improvement of water
and waste management services, as well as power supply, with
particular focus on the potential of renewable energy sources. Even
in this case, Goal 11 acts as a guiding light with its Target
"By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of
cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and
municipal and other waste management."