The concept of “Sustainable Communities” of the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience (SURR) Global Practice includes four key dimensions:

  • First, Sustainable Communities are environmentally sustainable in terms of cleanliness and efficiency.
  • Second, Sustainable communities are resilient to social, economic, and natural shocks. They are well prepared for natural disasters, which are increasing in intensity and frequency due to climate change.
  • Third, Sustainable Communities are inclusive communities. They bring all dimensions of society and all groups of people—including the marginalized and vulnerable—into their markets, their services, and their development.
  • And finally, Sustainable Communities are competitive communities that can stay productive and generate jobs for members of the community.

Building inclusive, resilient, competitive and sustainable communities is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity at the local, regional, and national levels.

Learn More about the World Bank Group's Social, Urban, Rural, & Resilience General Practice.

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