Role of cities in Post-2015 agenda focus of UN Colombia meeting

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The rapid urbanization of the world needs to take place in what has been described by a senior UN official as a "proper manner" if future development is to be sustainable.

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.

The bi-annual World Urban Forum (WUF) organised by UN-Habitat, the UN agency dealing with human settlement issues, is looking at how to integrate urbanization into the new goals.

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.

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