The speed and extent of urbanisation in Asia and the Pacific is unprecedented. The region’s cities grew by around one billion people between 1980 and 2010. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched a comprehensive report. It calls attention to increasing gaps between current urbanisation patterns and what is needed.
More than half of the population in Asia and the Pacific is expected to live in urban agglomerations in 2018. Given the fact that 55 percent of the worldwide urban population is living in Asia and the Pacific. An additional one billion people will live in region’s cities by 2040. By 2050 it is expected that the urban population in this region will reach 3.2 billion. Now 17 megacities with more than 10 million inhabitants each are situated in Asia and the Pacific, including the world’s three largest: Tokyo, Delhi and Shanghai. 2030 further five megacities will be added. In all regions the urban growth is higher than the overall population growth.
Urban Environment and Climate Change