Urbanization has "huge potential also huge risks": UN-Habitat chief

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Joan Clos gives an interview for the UN News and Media Division’s news outlets. UN Photo/Kim Haughto

The process of urbanization has "huge potential and also huge risks" according to the senior UN official leading the biggest conference on world cities in 20 years.

"Habitat III", as it's known, begins this weekend in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, and thousands will be attending from around the globe, to adopt The New Urban Agenda.

It sets new global standards for the sustainable growth of cities and towns.

The Secretary-General of the conference, and Executive Director of settlements agency UN-Habitat, is Joan Clos.

He spoke to Matthew Wells earlier this week at UN Headquarters, on his way to Quito.

Duration: 8'43"

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