UN-Habitat Launches Report

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The UN-Habitat has launched its report on the state of World Cities 2010/2011 as a follow up to the World Urban Forum 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Mrs. Anna Tibaijula launched the report at press conferences in London, Paris and Rio de Janerio at separate events.

The report investigated the challenges facing the rapidly urbanising population and how the urban advantage, the economic and social benefit of living in a city can be exploited and enjoyed by all. 

With over half the world’s population now living in cities and cities making a disproportionate contribution to climate change, urbanisation is one of the crucial agenda of our time,” UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon said in a preface to the publication.According to Mrs. Tibaijula, new estimates presented in this report showed that between the 2000 and 2010 over 200 million people in the developing world will have been lifted out of slum conditions.

She also said government have collectively exceeded the millennium target by at least a multiple of two.

According to her, this achievement is not uniformly distributed across region, adding that success is highly showed towards the move advanced emerging economies while poorer countries have not done as well.