More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of all humanity. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.
The rapid growth of cities in the developing world, coupled with increasing rural to urban migration, has led to a boom in mega-cities. In 1990, there were ten mega-cities with 10 million inhabitants or more. In 2014, there are 28 mega-cities, home to a total 453 million people.
Extreme poverty is often concentrated in urban spaces, and national and city governments struggle to accommodate the rising population in these areas. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive.
Goals in action
The UNDP Myanmar Annual Report 2017 and 2013-2017 Results Report provide details of the impact and results of UNDP’s work in these three outcome areas, as well as on funding and partners.
The 2017 Myanmar Living Conditions Survey (MLCS) is a large scale multi-topic living conditions survey implemented by the Central Statistical Organization of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, and supported by the World Bank (WB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Read More >>