The explosive growth of cities is one of the most significant demographic trends of the 21st century. More than 3.6 billion people, or half the world's population, currently live in cities, and the number is expected to exceed 6 billion by 2050. What do Beijing, Johannesburg, New York City, Rome, and Sao Paolo have in common?
Cities incubate creativity; promote business creation and game-changing ideas. But they also harbour large pockets of unemployment and poverty and suffer from problems such as congestion, pollution and crime. Getting cities right is key in addressing global social, economic and environmental challenges. Cities are at the forefront in addressing issues related to energy and climate change, changing care for ageing populations, ensuring access to quality jobs and education, and efficient transportation. Responding to these challenges requires a shift in the way cities are planned, designed and managed. Forum 2014 will feature case studies and inspiring good practice in “getting cities right”.
- Urban development
- Regions and Innovation: Collaborating Across Borders
- Regions at a glance interactive
- OECD work on regional, rural and urban development