Cities at the forefront of progress

Special to the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III, Quito, Ecuador, 17-20 October 2016

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Our world is urbanising at an historically fast pace. Over a thousand years ago Bagdad became the first city on earth to exceed a million inhabitants. New York was the first city to reach 10 million in 1925 and Tokyo 20 million in 1965. Today there are several metropolitan areas with over 10 million people. By 2050, about 56% of Africans will live in cities. By 2100, 85% of the world’s population could be urban. This presents both major policy challenges and potential for sustainable development, productivity and inclusiveness for all.  

A 21st century vision for urbanisation

Building better cities

Integrating the local and global urban agendas

Why metropolitan governance matters

The use of land: Why planners cannot go it alone

Greening Bangkok

China’s urban-rural divide

Where cities can take Africa

Urban pollution: Clearing the air

African cities can be actors of structural transformation

Local logic: How cities can make a difference

Governing megacities

What city mayors are doing to fight climate change

Innovation and urban mobility in Brazil

Urban growth’s natural increase

©OECD Observer October 2016




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