The City We Need campaign launched in New YorkListen /
A document outlining the vision of a city for the 21st century was launched at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
"The City We Need" is a consensus document of the World Urban Campaign, a global coalition of public and private sector partners and members of civil society.
Its work is focusing on promoting positive aspects of city life and encourages policies, strategies and practices for viable and sustainable urban growth.
Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, the UN agency dealing with human settlements, identified two major challenges facing cities.
"One is climate change. If we want to keep the climate in a range of 2 degrees Centigrade as a maximum level of heating, we need to change our form of doing things. And the second big challenge is development or, saying it in other words, the poverty existing in the world, the inequalities, the lack of dignity for slum dwellers which is also a very pressing problem of the world." (28")
The launch of "The City We Need" is in preparation for the 7th session of the World Urban Forum to be held in Medellin, Colombia from 5 to 11 April this year.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.