Greenlight for global road map

QUITO, Ecuador – The UN formally adopted a global road map to grapple with rapid urbanisation yesterday, capping nearly two years of behind-the-scenes international negotiations aimed at designing development priorities for cities and towns over the long term.

The New Urban Agenda (NUA) sets out a host of general goals such as development of sustainable and compact cities that do not harm the environment and redevelopment of informal settlements with the participation of residents.

“Urbanisation is happening at an unprecedented pace and scale, and 3.7 billion people now live in cities.

“We think in the forthcoming years, by 2050, this will rise to seven billion,” said Joan Clos, executive director of Habitat III.

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