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Why creating tomorrow’s smart city is about much more than just technology

Accelerated urbanisation is reshaping the world

In the year 2007, humanity reached a remarkable milestone. For the first time in history half of the planet’s population was living in cities.

The world’s urban population continues to grow, as cities expand and new cities are born. The vast majority of urban growth is happening in developing countries, increasing the importance of finding the right solutions and institutional arrangements that maximise the benefits of urbanism while tackling the challenges that take new shapes and forms.

World leaders, mayors, the private sector and other stakeholders are getting ready to discuss these urban challenges at Habitat III (Quito, October 2016) and how the New Urban Agenda can help cities and nations address them.

Hazem Galal
Photo: PwC
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