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On Planning for Development:    Development in an Urban World ( UNU-Wider )

Development in an Urban World

Project by UNU-Wider - 2008
Theme: Poverty, Inequality and Well-being

In 2007 the number of urban inhabitants will surpass rural dwellers as a percentage of the total world population. By 2030 the proportion of people living in cities globally is expected to reach 61%, with almost 80% of urban dwellers living in less developed countries. For the first time in history the world will tip from being predominantly rural to predominantly urban and virtually all projected world population growth will be absorbed by cities in the south over the next fifty years. We need to understand the implications of this 2007 tipping point for cities as well as the countries, regions, and international development systems of which they are a part.

urban, population growth, tipping point, urbanization, poverty, economic integration, ecological footprint, cosmopolitanism
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UNCTAD X: documents and papers
UNCTAD investment brief, No. 1, 2007, Foreign direct investment surged again in 2006 (UNCTAD/ITE/IIA/MISC/2007/2)
01/02/07, 2 Pages, 58 Kb
Transport Newsletter, No. 34, Fourth Quarter 2006 (UNCTAD/SDTE/TLB/2006/5)
31/01/07, 21 Pages, 466 Kb
World economic situation and prospects 2007 (WESP/2007)
Sales no.: E.07.II.C.2
01/01/07, 177 Pages, 1913 Kb
UNCTAD investment brief BRIEF, No. 5, 2006, Top TNCs present in 40 host countries on average (UNCTAD/WEB/ITE/IIA/2006/10)
01/12/06, 2 Pages, 55 Kb