UN-Habitat introduces "Prosperity Index" to rate world's cities

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In a new released report entitled "State of the World Cities 2012/13" the United Nations Human Settlements Programme  (UN-Habitat) ranked the world's cities in terms of prosperity, which they evaluated along a newly introduced "Prosperity index".

Despite worldwide economic, political and environmental turmoil, cities like Vienna, Paris, Zurich, and Stockholm – all ranked in the top 10 – continue to make strides in all areas of prosperity, according to the report.

"Cities are a remedy to the global crisis," the report stated. "They provide ready, flexible and creative platforms that can mitigate the effects of regional and global crises in a pragmatic, balanced and efficient way."

David Kriegleder spoke on the phone with Eduardo Moreno, Head of UN-Habitat's Research and Capacity Development and author of the State of the World’s Cities Report based who advocates for a new type of city in the 21st century.

Duration:  2’37″

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