First installment of the WRR launched at Habitat III

With Africa and Asia estimated to see 90 percent of the world’s new urban growth between now and 2050, experts are forecasting an urbanization of global poverty — a growing number of urban poor households who lack access to services and opportunities in cities.

In fast-growing cities across the developing world more than 70 percent of residents lack access to basic services like clean water, affordable transportation or decent housing, a research group said on Friday ahead of a U.N. conference on urbanization.

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By Chris Arsenault

QUITO//WASHINGTON (October 14, 2016) — Rapidly growing cities are finding it increasingly difficult to provide their residents with core services, like housing, water, energy and transportation — a challenge that is exacerbated as the share of poor people living in urban areas grows.