Majority of world population will live in Metros; UN


The world has about 2.000 metropolitan areas now where a third of the world’s population live. About a billion people will become metropolitan inhabitants in the next fifteen years and there will be new metropolises by 2035, according to UN Habitat prediction.

The UN Habitat said that majority of the world’s population will live in metropolitan areas by 2035. It said that the metropolis would be urban agglomerations made up of a main city and linked to nearby cities or surrounding urban or suburban areas. Greater London, Tokyo-Yokohama Metropolitan Area. Metropolitan Area of Bucaramanga in Colombia and Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa are some of the agglomerations.

The latest predictions are included in UN-Habitat’s Metropolitan Data Booklet released recently. This is the first global database of metropolises. The metropolitan areas are now home to about 60 percent of the world’s urban population and a third of the global population, the UN Habitat said. The majority of metropolises are in Asia Pacific region (1,038).  China has 444 metropolises and India has 191 when compared to 144 in the US and 67 in Russia.

Chief of Policy, Legislation and Governance at UN-Habitat Remy Sietchiping said that it was difficult to find a city of more than three lakh inhabitants that is made only of one municipality. Sietchiping said that nearly half of the cities of this much population was made of three, five or more local jurisdictions.

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