India, China, U.S. to lead global urban growth: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS Fri Apr 6, 2012 2:24am IST

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - India, China, Nigeria, Indonesia and the United States are set to lead the world's growth in urban populations during the next four decades, sparking challenges in providing jobs, housing, energy and infrastructure, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Ahead of a U.N. sustainability summit in Rio in June, the world body released new forecasts for urban populations in a bid to urge global leaders to come up with concrete plans at the conference in Brazil to produce sustainable cities.

Nigeria's cities are expected to add 200 million people by 2050, more than doubling the country's current population; India's cities are to add 497 million, increasing the current total population by more than 40 percent; and Indonesia's cities are set to add 92 million people, about a 38 percent increase in its total population, according to the U.N.'s 2011 Revision of the World Urbanization Prospects.

U.S. cities are forecast to add 103 million people, raising the country's total population by a third, while China is due to boost its total population by a quarter, with an increase of 341 million in its cities.

Currently half the world's 7 billion people live in cities, the United Nations said.

"Cities are where the pressures of migration, globalization, economic development, social inequality, environmental pollution and climate change are most directly felt," the United Nations said in a statement.

"Yet, at the same time, they are they engines of the world economy and centers of innovation where many solutions to global problems are being piloted," the world body said.

Representatives from around the world will gather in Rio de Janeiro in June to try to hammer out sustainable development goals at the Rio+20 conference, named after a ground-breaking meeting in the Brazilian city 20 years ago.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (2)
Welcome2India wrote:
Rapidly growing migration rate is a big concern for India & China like country. Although in its Master Plan of New Delhi Indian government have many provisions to thwart the immigration towards Delhi & NCR. Same time they have to strengthen the socio-economic conditions of remote India through their rural development programme and proper public distribution system.
My main concern is to let the majority of middle class people know what they are eating & drinking in their metro or cosmopolitan cities where a huge population of migrated people compromise with their living and eating standards.
Before this I want to share a fact about India that ‘’ In India science & technological development came much before education’’.
In spite of government’s checks and controls few educated but clever businessman and middleman are taking it as granted and spinning money by selling adulterated, toxin-added and fake food & beverages in Indian market.
Producing milk by using urea, animal fat and shampoo should be shame for those people who are serving poison to innocent children. Injecting oxytocin hormone in cows & other poultry products and even in large fruits and vegetables like pumpkin and watermelon has been frequently reported. Meat and fish product are also dipped in formaldehyde solution to preserve it for long. These cheap and dangerous practices are resulting in cancer and other ailments in people. God knows what is discussed in global submits while general people are living with toxins everywhere.

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Apr 06, 2012 3:07pm IST  --  Report as abuse
Welcome2India wrote:
Rapidly growing migration rate is a big concern for India & China like country. Although in its Master Plan of New Delhi Indian government have many provisions to thwart the immigration towards Delhi & NCR. Same time they have to strengthen the socio-economic conditions of remote India through their rural development programme and proper public distribution system.
My main concern is to let the majority of middle class people know what they are eating & drinking in their metro or cosmopolitan cities where a huge population of migrated people compromise with their living and eating standards.
Before this I want to share a fact about India that ‘’ In India science & technological development came much before education’’.
In spite of government’s checks and controls few educated but clever businessman and middleman are taking it as granted and spinning money by selling adulterated, toxin-added and fake food & beverages in Indian market.
Producing milk by using urea, animal fat and shampoo should be shame for those people who are serving poison to innocent children. Injecting oxytocin hormone in cows & other poultry products and even in large fruits and vegetables like pumpkin and watermelon has been frequently reported. Meat and fish product are also dipped in formaldehyde solution to preserve it for long. These cheap and dangerous practices are resulting in cancer and other ailments in people. God knows what is discussed in global submits while general people are living with toxins everywhere.

Welcome2India

Apr 06, 2012 3:07pm IST  --  Report as abuse
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