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Better cities, better lives

Reimagining urban for the 21st Century

Sustainable Cities

Global city population share doubled from 25 percent in 1950 to about 50 percent in 2020. Our world will continue to urbanize over the next three decades to a projected 68 percent in 2050. The future of humanity is urban, and we have to shift our focus to transforming socially, economically, environmentally deprived urban areas into connected, dynamic, diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods that achieve increasing equality of outcomes for all.
 

Around Europe and Central Asia, cities and urban centres are introducing new sustainability approaches to keep their residents healthy, productive and safe.

Stories from the field

World Cities Day

aims to raise international awareness of urbanization trends, challenges and visions for sustainable urban development, promote international cooperation and contribute to global efforts to build equitable, prosperous, sustainable inclusive cities that provide their communities with better living environments and quality of life.

The general theme of WCD is Better City, Better Life, which focuses on transforming socially, economically, environmentally deprived urban areas into connected, dynamic, diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods that achieve increasing equality of outcomes for all. The theme also looks at urban regeneration as a tool to reduce inequalities and poverty.

 

 

 

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