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UN Report Urges New Agenda for Resilient, Sustainable Cities

UN Report Urges New Agenda for Resilient, Sustainable Cities

A recent report from the UN highlights the dramatic population shift to urban areas and its profound implications for energy consumption, politics, food security and human progress. While noting that two-thirds of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2030 and produce as much as 80 per cent of the global gross domestic product (GDP), the report demonstrates that the current urbanization model is unsustainable in many respects. As the urban population increases, the land area occupied by cities is increasing at a higher rate. It is projected that by 2030, the urban population of developing countries will double, while the area covered by cites could triple. The urban center of gravity, at least for megacities, has shifted to the developing regions. In 1995, there were 22 large cities and 14 megacities globally; by 2015, both categories of cities had doubled, with 22, or 79 per cent of the megacities located in Latin America, Asia and Africa. The fastest growing urban centers are the medium and small cities with less than one million inhabitants, which account for 59 per cent of the world's urban population.

(Information courtesy of IAPMO)

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