Half the world’s population now lives in cities, and this is projected to increase to two-thirds by 2050, says UN-Habitat – the United Nations organization focused on advancing sustainable urbanization as a driver of development, peace and human rights.
Cities face massive environmental, socio-economic and spatial challenges. Although they can be a hub for economic development, cities can also exacerbate inequalities. But cities that are well-planned and well-governed can contribute significantly to addressing global challenges including poverty and climate change, leading the greening of the global economy and providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone.
Ahead of the 2020 World Urban Form, the Goal of the Month editorial looks at how cities are at the frontlines of sustainable and inclusive development with stories and resources that focus on climate change, technology, innovation, culture and migration