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UN calls for global action to turn cities into engines of sustainable development

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🗞️ Driving the news: On World Cities Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the crucial role cities play in sustainable development, acting as hubs for innovation, culture, and economic growth
• He emphasized the need for global action to transform cities into engines of sustainable development

🔭 The context: Over half of the world's population currently lives in urban areas, a figure expected to rise to nearly 70% by 2050
• While cities generate over 80% of global GDP and provide numerous opportunities, they also face challenges such as inequality, pollution, and inadequate infrastructure

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Cities are at the forefront of addressing global challenges like the climate crisis, social inequalities, and political polarization
• Transforming them into sustainable, resilient spaces is vital for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring a sustainable future for all

⏭️ What's next: The Secretary-General called for equitable financing solutions and diverse funding sources to strengthen local financing strategies
• He also established the Advisory Group on Local and Regional Governments to enhance coordination and amplify the voices of cities and regions in global discussions

💬 One quote: "Local authorities are struggling with limited support and resources. The demand for critical infrastructure, affordable housing, efficient transport, and essential social services continues to grow exponentially" (António Guterres, UN Secretary-General)

📈 One stat: Approximately 1.1 billion people live in slums, exacerbating poverty and limiting opportunities

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