urbanization

News in Brief 16 May 2018

  • UNICEF delivers medical supplies to Gaza in wake of deadly protests
  • ‘Peace’ is the word I heard most in South Sudan: UN relief chief
  • Urban planning crucial to meet rise in city dwellers: UN report
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Around 2.5 billion more people will be living in cities by 2050, projects new UN report

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.

African urbanization creates opportunity for rural farmers: FAO

Rapid urbanization in Africa is creating opportunities to strengthen rural economies, as demand for food rises in cities and towns.

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Urbanization has “huge potential also huge risks”: UN-Habitat chief

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.

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Innovating agriculture to address climate change

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.

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Urbanization may be “greatest opportunity” to achieve sustainable development

The migration of people to cities across the world may provide the “greatest opportunity” to achieve sustainable development.

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Mayors negotiate a New Urban Agenda

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.

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“Shifting security landscape” focus of Security Council deliberations

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.

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Urban inequity presents new social, development challenges, says senior UN official

Sustainable cities are an aspiration as the number of slum dwellers continues to rise and the rate of urbanization skyrockets, a senior United Nations official today said, ahead of an upcoming UN forum that will focus on creating cities and towns more economically, socially and politically accessible.

Africa and Asia to lead urban population growth in next 40 years – UN report

Africa and Asia together will account for 86 per cent of all growth in the world’s urban population over the next four decades, the United Nations said today, adding that this unprecedented increase will pose new challenges in terms of jobs, housing and infrastructure.