Its Harnessing Public-Private Cooperation to Deliver the New Urban Agenda report reveals that nearly 1.5 million people move to cities every week, and that the urban population will account for two-thirds of the world’s people by 2050.
It argues that public and private sectors must create a structured engagement to address the challenges of policy-making, planning, design, implementation, and maintenance.
UN-Habitat executive director, Joan Clos, said: “The world is experiencing an unprecedented transition from predominantly rural to mainly urban living, with more than 55% of the world’s population already living in urban areas and this figure is set to rise to 70 percent by the middle of 21st century.
“While rapid and spontaneous urbanisation has presented the world’s cities with major environmental, economic and social challenges, cities also provide a positive force underpinning social, political and economic transformation.
“The future of cities largely depends on the way urbanisation is managed and public-private collaboration is leveraged to advance sustainable urban development.”
In recognition of the challenges facing cities, an action-oriented plan providing a global strategy for sustainable urban development and housing over the next two decades was devised by the UN General Assembly in October last year.
The WEF report intends to help implement this strategy, called the ‘New Urban Agenda’, by recommending the following actions to be taken up by the respective stake holders: