The World’s Densest Cities

The World’s Densest Cities.

UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Cities are facing unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges. There has been a phenomenal shift towards urbanisation, with 6 out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030. Over 90 per cent of this growth will take place in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In the absence of effective urban planning, the consequences of this rapid urbanisation will be dramatic.

The urban indicators data available are analysed, compiled and published by UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatory which supports governments, local authorities and civil society organisations to develop urban indicators, data and statistics. Urban statistics are collected through household surveys and censuses conducted by national statistics authorities. Global Urban Observatory team analyses and compiles urban indicators statistics from surveys and censuses.  Additionally, Local urban observatories collect, compile and analyse urban data for national policy development. Population statistics are produced by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Urbanization Prospects. Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, provided direct funding and Akvo, based in the Netherlands and funded by the Dutch Government, provisioned a portion of the development effort as an in-kind contribution.

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