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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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Urbanization and sustainability in the 21st century

It is particularly ironic that the battle to save the world’s remaining healthy ecosystems will be won or lost not in tropical forests or coral reefs that are threatened but on the streets of the most unnatural landscapes on the planet.

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