Role of cities in Post-2015 agenda focus of UN Colombia meetingListen /
Experts from around the world are gathering at a conference in Medellin, Colombia to assess the relationship between cities and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
New poverty targets are being discussed to replace the Millennium Development Goals the deadline for which is the end of next year.
Joan Clos, the Executive Director of UN-Habitat says urbanization and development go hand in hand.
"Urbanization is a clue for development. If we do not address this issue from a development perspective, development will suffer a lot. If urbanization takes place in a proper manner, I think development has a chance. But if urbanization takes place in an unsustainable manner, then development will become very, very difficult."
UN-Habitat says that by 2050, about 70 per cent of the world’s population is projected to live in urban areas.
Close to one billion people, or around a third of the urban population in developing countries, live in slums.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.