additional people will be living in cities by 2050, a 50% increase compared to today.
of this increase will come from cities in Asia and Africa.
mega-trends of global environmental degradation that cities must address: urbanization, rising middle class, and population growth. The role of cities for sustainable development cannot be overstated.
of global energy supply are consumed by cities.
of greenhouse gas emissions are from cities.
of the world’s 19 largest cities are located in port areas, making cities uniquely vulnerable to climate change. Climate change adds to the urgency of sustainable urban planning and management, and to the an already broad set of challenges for many city governments revolving around providing jobs, services and housing to growing urban populations.
launch of the Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot program which will focus on providing a global push to green urban areas across 23 cities. The program is backed by the Global Environment Facility and World Bank.
worth of investments over five years will be offered to planners in developing countries access to data, ideas and solutions to tackle pollution.
countries have signed up so far with more expected to join. These include: Brazil, Cote D’Ivoire, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, and Vietnam.