New data on urbanization and potential environmental impacts on cities

New York

13 September 2018

The seminar will present new data sources and analysis from the UN Population Division on urbanization and potential environmental impacts on cities. The first presentation will provide an overview of results and key findings from the 2018 Revision of the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. The second presentation will introduce the Population Division’s City Boundaries Database. The final presentation will discuss the risks of exposure and vulnerability to natural disasters for the world’s major urban areas, based on new Population Division data.

A panel discussion will build on the presentations and address current issues on data for urban areas and cities.

The Seminar is part of the “Population Dynamics and Environmental Change Seminar Series”, co-hosted by the UN Population Division and convened in partnership with the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, and the Population Council.

Venue: One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Floor 3, New York, NY 10017


  • Francois Pelletier, UN Population Division/DESA. An overview of the World Urbanization Prospects: Results and Key Findings from the 2018 Revision

  •  Sara Hertog, UN Population Division/DESA. The Population Division’s City boundaries database

  • Danan Gu, UN Population Division/DESA. Risks of Exposure and Vulnerability to Natural Disasters for World’s Major Urban Areas

Panel Discussion

  • Danan Gu, Sara Hertog, Francois Pelletier, John Wilmoth, UN Population Division/DESA
  • Mark Montgomery (Population Council)