SDGs for Refugee Camps

In 2015, the United Nations and its member states agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to lead the world into a more equal and sustainable future. The SDGs provide a guideline on how to achieve set targets in the short- and long-term.

Taking the United Nations SDGs as a base, the paper shows nine newly created Sustainable Development Goals for Refugee Camps. Displaced people are facing unprecedented challenges when setting up a temporary or permanent camp. The nine SDGs for refugee camps provide a blueprint for stability and prosperity for displaced people and the environment. The goals set up a comprehensive framework for governments and NGOs when facing a refugee crisis. Targets and implementation methods provide stakeholders a comprehensive guideline for constructing and improving refugee camps all around the world.

At its heart is the refugee, as an individual human being. Securing good health, adequate shelter, safety for women and children and strong communities go hand-in-hand with sustainable strategies that improve local economies and resources – all while preserving the surrounding environment. 

Research and Design
Sustainable Development Goals for Refugee Camps

Technical University of Berlin
Supervisor: Prof. Jacob van Rijs (MVRDV)
Chair: Design and Construction