An endangered species of crane has been saved from extinction in Thailand, thanks to a project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Mexico is improving the lives of the 80 percent of its inhabitants residing in cities, by pushing towards less polluted, more eco-friendly environments, thanks to support from the UN.
By 2050, two out of every three people are likely to be living in cities or other urban centres, according to a new United Nations report, highlighting the need for more sustainable urban planning and public services.
Rapid urbanization in Africa is creating opportunities to strengthen rural economies, as demand for food rises in cities and towns.
The process of urbanization has “huge potential and also huge risks” according to the senior UN official leading the biggest conference on world cities in 20 years.
Transforming agriculture to address challenges such as climate change and growing urban populations are among the topics experts and decision makers will be discussing this week in Rome.
The migration of people to cities across the world may provide the “greatest opportunity” to achieve sustainable development.
Mayors from different parts of the world will help set a new global strategy around urbanization for the next two decades, the UN says.
Half of the global population currently lives in urban areas, but the numbers are expected to peak at 70 per cent by 2050.
The changing nature of conflict has led to greater cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations such as the African Union and the European Union.