urbanization

Cities and local government must focus on well-being of people in developing countries

While the scale and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt in developing and developed countries alike, the President of the UN General Assembly maintained on Monday that the response must focus on “the two-thirds of the world’s population at risk of being left behind”. 

FROM THE FIELD: The Comeback Crane

An endangered species of crane has been saved from extinction in Thailand, thanks to a project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

FROM THE FIELD: Urban Mexico moves toward better livelihoods, cleaner cities

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.

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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