World Urban Forum Underway

by Matt Ball on November 4, 2008

The fourth World Urban Forum (WUF4) is underway in Nanjing, China this week. The theme of this event is Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development. With the fast pace of urbanization in the world, two-thirds of the world population could be in cities by 2030, according the UN.

In his opening address, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns that the dramatic growth of cities could deepen poverty. To combat this issue there’s a need to improve the urban poor access to basic facilities such as shelter, clean water and sanitation. There’s also a strong emphasis on environmentally-friendly, sustainable urban growth and development.

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