It is estimated that more than two thirds of the world’s population lives in cities where income inequality has increased since the 1980’s. In many cases, this increase has been staggering.
Inequalities are present in urban spaces, with cities divided by invisible borders that take the form of social, cultural and economic exclusion.
Slums, the face of poverty and urban inequality, continue to increase in most countries of the developing world, perpetuating the lack of access to basic services and political representation to the most vulnerable communities.
Cities, then, are a critical component in addressing the inequality problem. Their design, governance, and infrastructure have direct impact on the lives and opportunities of their inhabitants.
The World Urban Forum is the largest United Nations conference on sustainable urban development and cities and meets every two years.
The next meeting is 5th to 11th April 2014 in Medellin, Columbia
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