Today’s urban population of about 3.5 billion people is projected to reach 5 billion by 2030, with two-thirds of the global population living in cities. City leaders must move quickly to plan for growth and provide the basic services, infrastructure, and affordable housing their expanding populations need. Read More »
In an editorial, World Bank's chief economist for the East Asia and Pacific region, Bert Hofman, writes, "the overwhelming majority of China's poor live in rural areas, but the key to getting them out of poverty lies in China's cities."Read More »
Urbanization and easy mobility can benefit people, but also create public health challenges. These challenges are often bigger than one hospital, yet more targeted than the country level, so bring in the mayors.
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Concentrations of seismic risk in urban centers of Bangladesh is a major source of concern, with unplanned urbanization adding to the threat. The World Bank through GFDRR is working on addressing this and raising awareness.Read More »
Road crashes claim 1.3 million lives every year and injure some 78 million people — 90 percent of them in developing countries. The numbers are disturbing, but they only begin to tell the story of the global health risks connected to road transportation.Read More »