Did you know
50% in 2015
Half of humanity – i.e. more than 3.5 billion people – live in cities.
60% by 2030
By 2030, almost 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas.
828 million people live in slums and the number keeps rising.
95% of urban expansion in the next decades will take place in
The world’s cities
occupy 2% of the Earth’s land,
account for 60-80% of energy consumption and
75% of carbon emissions,
and generate more than 70% of global GDP.
Rapid urbanization exerts pressure on fresh water supplies, sewage, the living environment, and public health.
But the high density of cities can bring efficiency gains and technological innovation while reducing resource and energy consumption.
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