UN report calls on African nations to prepare for massive urban population growth

A new United Nations report warns that Africa’s urban population is set to triple in the next 40 years, putting massive pressure on governments and infrastructure across the continent.

New UN report reveals link between poverty and poor health in urban areas

A new United Nations report shows for the first time how poor health is linked to poverty in cities and calls on policymakers to identify those that need the most help and target measures to improve their well-being.

UN forum on improving urban health opens in Japan

With more than half of the world's population now living in urban areas, leaders from governments, academia, media and non-governmental organizations have gathered today at a United Nations forum in Kobe, Japan, to examine how to improve the health of city dwellers.

UN study warns of failure to plan for rapid urbanization

Governmental policies aimed at retarding urban growth and depriving the poor of benefits and services increase poverty and environmental degradation, creating serious long-term problems that could be avoided by enlightened planning, according to a new United Nations study.

China now home to one quarter of world’s largest cities, UN reports

Nearly one quarter of the world’s 1,000 biggest cities in China, whose urban population is growing rapidly, according to a new statistical report issued by the United Nations.