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Half of humanity now lives in cities, and within two decades, nearly 60 per cent of the world’s people will be urban dwellers. Urban growth is most rapid in the developing world, where cities gain an average of 5 million residents every month. As cities grow in size and population, harmony among the spatial, social and environmental aspects of a city and between their inhabitants becomes of paramount importance. This harmony hinges on two key pillars: equity and sustainability.

Other titles in the State of the World's Cities Series:

Globalization and Urban Culture: 2004/2005

The Millenium Development Goals and Urban Sustainability: 2006/2007

Cities for All: Bridging the Urban Divide: 2010/2011

Prosperity of Cities: 2012/2013

Publication Year
2008
Publisher
UN-Habitat
Number of Pages
224 pages
HS Number
1031/08E
ISBN
978-92-1-132010-7