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UN tool will map 'science of cities' as rapid urbanization emerges as force in sustainable development

With the urban growth boom driving trends that will affect all aspects of sustainable development, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) is set to release today details of a new scientific tool that measures the rate of global urbanization, its characteristics, and the potential effect of urban sprawl on the quality of life for city dwellers.

‘The Earth is not flat; it is urban,’ says UN report, urging new agenda for resilient, sustainable cities

While cities have emerged over the past 20 years as the world’s economic platforms for production and innovation, helping millions escape poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, mass urbanization has also led to overcrowding, deepened inequalities and triggered a raft of environmental and health challenges, according to a new United Nations report.

Cities have “humanitarian duty” to accept migrants

Cities, especially in Europe, have a “humanitarian duty” to accept migrants according to the chief of the UN settlements agency, UN Habitat.

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World needs ‘new vision for urbanization,’ says UN chief

Welcoming Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the world needs a new vision for urbanization – a “New Urban Agenda” – to help protect the environment and limit climate change.

UN report aims to equalize health conditions amidst exploding metro populations

With nearly 4 billion people living in cities and the urban population growing, there is an urgent need to address health disparities and identify creative ways to ensure universal health coverage, according to the United Nations agencies on health and urban development.

Marking World Habitat Day, UN highlights importance of public spaces for all

Marking World Habitat Day, which is observed every year on the first Monday of October, top United Nations officials today urged the creation of “Public spaces for all.”

The way cities are planned, run and managed is crucial for development – UN deputy chief

In his address to the World Cities Summit in New York today, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called on global leaders to adapt to the demographic and cultural shift that is taking place in cities worldwide in order to make them economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially vibrant.

UN underscores importance of good urban planning for sustainable development

With more than two-thirds of humanity expected to live in cities by the middle of this century, strong, well-planned urbanization is vital for development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told an international group of Government officials and experts on housing.

More than half of world's population now living in urban areas, UN survey finds

An additional 2.5 billion people are predicted to live in urban areas by 2050, the United Nations today reported, highlighting the need for a successful urban planning agenda and greater attention to be given to smaller cities where nearly half of all people currently reside.

With urban population set to soar, UN convenes major event on sustainable cities

With 6.3 billion people expected to live in urban areas by 2050, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today kicked off a three-day event to look at challenges and opportunities for the sustainable future of cities.