1950 29.6 % Global Urban Population

1960 33.7 % Global Urban Population

1 Billion

People living in Urban Areas


1970

  • Global strategy sought to address challages of human settlements.
  • United Nations Resolution on Housing, Building and Planning.
  • Rapid urbanization, respond to emergence of large unmanageable slums with poor access to basic services including water and sanitation.

1976

  • Vancouver Declaration on human settlements. Highlights need to improve the quality of life in all human settlements.
  • United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I).
  • Unplanned urbanization. Results in overcrowded cities without corresponding capacity to provide basic services.

1977

  • Improving quality of life. UN General Assembly establishes UN-Habitat as focal point for human settlements action.
  • United Nations Center for Human Settlements (UNCHS/Habitat) established.
  • Poor living conditions in human settlements.

1990 42.5 % Global Urban Population

2.3 Billion

People living in Urban Areas

10 megacities of

10 million or more


1996

  • Instabul Declaration on human settlements. Calls for strengthening the role and functions of United Nations Center for Human Settlements (UNCHS)
  • United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II). Global call for action results in adoption of the HABITAT AGENDA
  • Deteriorating living conditions in human settlements. Promoting provisions of adequate shelter and basic services to ensure sustainable human settlements.

2000

  • MDG 7, Target 11. "By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers". UN-Habitat assigned the responsibility to assist governments monitor and gradually attain it.
  • The Millennium Development Goals.
  • Lifting 100 million slum dwellers out of poverty. Need to address condition of people in the most depressed physical conditions in the world's towns and cities.

2001

  • UN Adopts Declaration on cities and other human settlements in the New Millennium.
  • Instabul +5 a special session of the UN General Assembly.
  • Reducing urban poverty. Slow pace of economic development, lack of security of tenure, basic shelter, and financial constraits impede efforts to address needs of poor slum residents.

2002

  • Advance the quality of life of all people in cities and other human settlements.
  • UNCHS upgraded to United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).
  • Improving living conditions in human settlements. Necessary to meet challenges of rapid urbanization affecting people in cities and other human settlements.

2009

 
 

The world

  •    became 50% urban
  •  
  •  
2015

4 Billion

People living in Urban Areas

7 Billion

World population




By 2030, To make cities and human settlements
inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


2016

Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda




Transformative change


2020 56.2 % Global Urban Population

4.3 Billion

People living in Urban Areas


2030 60 % Global Urban Population

5 Billion

People living in Urban Areas

41 megacities of

10 million or more


2040 63.2 % Global Urban Population

5.7 Billion

People living in Urban Areas