The World Cities Report 2020 was recently officially launched, its findings reaffirming that sustainable urbanization is integral to sustainable development and for the fight against poverty, inequality, climate change and other global issues that afflict humanity – including the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected all corners of the globe.

“Cities have borne the brunt of the pandemic. Urban areas are already home to 55 per cent of the world’s population, and that figure is expected to grow to 68 per cent by 2050. Our rapidly urbanizing world must respond effectively to this pandemic and prepare for future infectious disease outbreaks,” António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, states in a foreword to the Report.

“We cannot go back to business as usual. Cities and communities are demanding that those in authority take the opportunity to build back better. To emerge stronger, we need a sustainable, inclusive and green recovery for people and the planet. That means dealing with the existing challenges of how cities are planned, managed and financed and ensuring their development is compatible with the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.”

Find out more and download the full World Cities Report 2020 here.