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Habitat and the World Day of Cities

Content by: South-South News

1 November 2016, New York, USA | South-South News — On the occasion of World Cities Day on October 31, the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Joan Clos, held a news conference to discuss the New Urban Agenda, the document approved by the Habitat III Conference on October 20 in Quito.

Clos said the New Urban Agenda “supports an implementation model that is committed to building robust urban governance structures at national and local levels along with planning and management frameworks. Furthermore the new urban agenda reinforces a fair and equitable municipal finance model for the efficient management and maintenance of our cities.”


“Urbanization is the dominant world changing force of the 21st century, happening at a pace and a scale that exceeds previous centuries of urban expansion,” he said, “Today we live in a world in which 3.7 billion people – 55 percent of the global population – live in cities, and a figure that will increase to 7 billion by 2050... It is clear that urbanization impacts people’s lives everywhere, in the developing and also in the developed world.”


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