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State of World Population 2007

Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth

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In 2008, for the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population, 3.3 billion people, will be living in urban areas. Urbanization—the increase in the urban share of total population—is inevitable, but it can also be positive. This Report looks beyond current problems. It examines the implications of impending urban growth and discusses what needs to be done, with specific attention to poverty reduction and sustainability.

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The social and sustainable use of space

Humanity has been given a second chance: we now need to build urban areas yet again that are at least equivalent in size to the cities that we have already built, we need to do it better, and we need to do it in a very short time.

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