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.

Marking World Habitat Day, UN officials call for recharged urban planning

Mounting urban challenges – including climate change and unplanned development – highlight the need for revitalized and planning to meet the needs of city dwellers, top United Nations officials said today, marking World Habitat Day.

Massive growth in city populations could deepen poverty, warns Ban

The current unprecedented growth in urbanization means that by 2030 two-thirds of the world will be living in cities and some 2 billion people could be living in slums and temporary shelters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.

Delegates stress global development goals, improved urban planning at UN Forum

Stressing the need for investment in efforts to reach global development goals as a means to end poverty, one of the key speakers at the United Nations World Urban Forum III called on delegates not to “let to our leaders off the hook," while others highlighted the need for better planning as a means of improving city life in a rapidly urbanizing world.

At UN World Urban Forum, a tale of two cities with common way forward

It was a tale of two cities – one battered into rubble by war, the other at the cutting edge of technology – as the United Nations World Urban Forum reached the half-way mark of its weeklong session aimed at averting poverty and despair among a global population that is expected to double to 4 billion people in the next 30 years.