UN chief stresses importance of building sustainable cities

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A view of Busan, the Republic of Korea's second largest city after Seoul, with a population of approximately 3.6 million as of 2010. UN Photo/Kibae Park

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of building sustainable cities that are resilient to climate change.

The Secretary-General spoke at an event on cities in Warsaw, Poland, where he is attending the conference on climate change.

He said local mayors, governors and communities have an important role to play in planning for sustainable towns and cities.

"By transforming how we plan our cities, build our homes and move our goods, we can usher in a low-carbon future that benefits people and the planet. By building climate resilience into agriculture, we can advance food security while reducing greenhouse emissions." (22")

The Secretary-General said that he has been meeting mayors from different cities asking them to lead by example.

Sustainable towns and cities, Mr. Ban added, "offer substantial benefits for urban and rural areas alike, from energy and resource efficiency to public health and overall quality of life."

He pointed out that more than 50 per cent of the global population is now urban, and the proportion is growing, especially in Asia and Africa.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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