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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

State of the World’s Cities 2008/2009 - Harmonious Cities

Publication Year: 2008 Publisher: UN-HABITAT


Half of humanity now lives in cities, and within two decades, nearly 60 per cent of the world’s people will be urban dwellers. Urban growth is most rapid in the developing world, where cities gain an average of 5 million residents every month. As cities grow in size and population, harmony among the spatial, social and environmental aspects of a city and between their inhabitants becomes of paramount importance. This harmony hinges on two key pillars: equity and sustainability.

Other titles in the State of the World's Cities Series:

The State of the World’s Cities Report 2001
State of the World’s Cities Globalization and Urban Culture: 2004/2005
The Millenium Development Goals and Urban Sustainability: 2006/2007
Harmonious Cities: 2008/2009
Cities for All: Bridging the Urban Divide: 2010/2011
Prosperity of Cities: 2012/2013