Worldwide Urbanization

WASHINGTON — The United Nations Population Fund issued its annual State of World Population report here this week, claiming that the ongoing surge in the planet’s urban populations could be a positive thing if international policymakers shift their mentality toward planning ahead for growth in cities rather than reacting to it later. “Urbanization is inevitable,” said George Martine, principal author of the report, titled “Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth.” “The train is in motion,” he said, “and together we have to make sure it’s on the right track.” Among the report’s highlights are assertions that urban areas around the […]

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