U.N. Report, High-Level Forum Examine Cities’ Efforts To Reach Development Goals

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Lack of data, definitions dent global drive to strengthen cities — U.N.
“A global drive to make cities safer and more resilient to disasters is being hampered as many countries are unable to gather local data, monitor progress, or even clearly define ‘city’ and ‘urban,’ a United Nations report said on Wednesday…” (Wulfhorst, 7/11).

U.N. News: U.N. forum spotlights cities, where struggle for sustainability ‘will be won or lost’
“Although cities are often characterized by stark socioeconomic inequalities and poor environmental conditions, they also offer growth and development potential — making them central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a main focus of the third day of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Wednesday…” (7/11).

Xinhua News: U.N.-Habitat: 2/3 population to live in cities, urban centers by 2050
“…According to the report, between 2010 and 2050, an estimated 2.5 to three billion people will be added to the urban population worldwide. The highest growth is projected to occur in less-developed regions such as East Asia, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa, it said…” (7/12).