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.

On World Habitat Day, UN spotlights sustainable modes of transportation in cities

The United Nations today marked World Habitat Day by encouraging city governments to expand access to sustainable modes of transportation and draw more travelers out of cars and onto trains, buses, bicycle paths, and sidewalks.

UN officials spotlight need for improved urban resilience, mobility, ahead of World Habitat Day

Cities must boost efforts to become more resilient to natural disasters as well as provide their citizens with methods of alternative transportation to thrive, senior United Nations officials said today.

Empowerment of urban women and youth vital for future prosperity of cities, UN says

With women projected to comprise a majority of the world’s urban dwellers and head increasing numbers of households, gender equality in employment, housing, health and education is vital to ensure the prosperity of the cities of the future, according to a new United Nations study.

Sustainable urban infrastructure can foster economic growth – UN report

Developing sustainable urban infrastructure benefits not just the environment, but can also boost economic growth and social stability, according to a United Nations report released today, which stresses the need to transition to resource-efficient technologies in cities, given scarce natural resources.

UN forum kicks off with call to improve conditions for the urban poor

A United Nations forum in Kenya today called on governments to improve living conditions for millions of people in urban areas across the world, stressing that they need to respond to the demands of young and poor citizens who make up a significant portion of city dwellers.

Achieving sustainable, inclusive cities requires better planning – UN officials

Top United Nations officials have underscored the need to better plan the world’s urban areas, where half of the global population currently resides, to turn the ideal of sustainable and inclusive cities into reality.

UN official calls for policies to address rapid urbanization in developing countries

A United Nations official today called for the development of national urban policies to ensure developing countries are not overwhelmed by urbanization, which he compared to a tsunami for its staggering growth which can surpass cities' capacities to manage it.

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.