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UN-Habitat launches State of World's Cities 2012/2013

UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos on 5 September 2011 launched the State of World's Cities Report 2012/2013.

Development actors need to explore a more inclusive notion of prosperity and development, finds new UN-Habitat report The State of the World’s Cities 2012/2013: The Prosperity of Cities.According to the report, there is a need for a shift in attention around the world in favour of a MORE ROBUST NOTION OF DEVELOPMENT – one that looks beyond the narrow domain of economic growth that has dominated ill-balanced policy agendas over the last decades, and includes other vital dimensions such as quality of life, adequate infrastructures, equity and environmental sustainability. “In this Report, UN-Habitat advocates for a new type of city – the city of the 21st century – that is a „good‟, peoplecentred city,” said Dr Joan Clos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat.

“The cities of the future should be ones that are capable of integrating the tangible and more intangible aspects of prosperity, in the process shedding off the inefficient, unsustainable forms and functionalities of the city of the previous century or so and becoming the engine rooms of growth and development.”


  • Reduces disaster risks and vulnerabilities for the poor and build resilience to adverse forces of nature.
  • Creates harmony between the five dimensions of prosperity and enhances the prospects for a better future.
  • Stimulates local job creation, promotes social diversity, maintains a sustainable environment and recognizes the importance of public spaces.
  • Comes with a change of pace, profile and urban functions and provides the social, political and economic conditions of prosperity.

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