Cities must be properly planned, says UN-Habitat chief

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Urban areas must be properly and carefully planned so that they can generate wealth.

That's the message delivered by Dr. Joan Clos, the head of UN-Habitat, to the weeklong 6th session of the World Urban Forum taking place in Naples, Italy.

The forum, which is held every two years, has brought together over 3,000 representatives of governments, the private sector and civil society from at least 114 countries.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

Dr. Joan Clos said the theme of the 6th session of the World Urban Forum is "The Urban Future" because in his own words, 'it is a fact that the future of humanity is urban."

According to Habitat more than half of humanity lives in urban areas and every day 200,000 people move to cities and towns worldwide.

Dr. Clos told the forum in Naples that ideally a city should have a net density of 10,000 to 15,000 inhabitants per square kilometre.

He acknowledged that this is very complex to attain in cultures which don't yet have a tradition of urbanization.

The head of the UN agency dealing with human settlements said properly planned cities should be this generation's strategic contribution for the next generation.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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