This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information to mark the upcoming World Cities Day on 31 October 2019.Jump to full report >>
In 2013, the United Nations designated 31 October as annual World Cities Day. The day is intended to promote interest in urbanisation and cooperation in meeting the challenges it brings. In 2019, the theme of the day is how innovation and technological progress can be used to promote sustainable development in cities.
This briefing first provides background on the growth of cities and the challenges and opportunities this presents. It then considers what the UN means by sustainable development, and the framework which the UN has adopted to promote it. The briefing next looks at the possible impact of new technologies. Finally, it summarises the UK approach to promoting sustainable global urban development.
Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0136
Author: Chris Smith
Topics: Africa, Asia, Climate change, Energy, Environmental protection, Homelessness, Housing supply, Information technology, Pollution, Population, Research and innovation, Sustainable development, United Nations
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