Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
The United Nations calls its 17 Sustainable Development Goals "the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all." With a target of achieving them by 2030, the goals are all interconnected and address the global challenges we face.
Goal 11 is "Sustainable Cities and Communities." As the UN puts it: "There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more."
This series includes stories of sisters on the frontlines of that effort.
In 2008, religious sisters ventured into Kenya's hospitality industry, with a spiritual center that doubled as a conference tourism and lodging facility. They established and continue to run a successful center.
Many U.S. Catholic sisters find themselves in outsized homes and estates. Through the Nuns and Nones Land Justice Project, sisters are learning how to create new land legacies that center racial and ecological healing.
More than 1,000 Catholic long-term care facilities in the United States, most of which were founded by sisters or are sponsored ministries, and secular nursing homes alike are working through the difficulties that persist. Residents suffer the consequences.