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Mercociudades summit: resilient societies and regional integration

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Over the last few decades, cities have undergone major growth resulting from significant migration and a concentration of activities. Currently, eight out of every 10 people in Latin America live in cities. This process has led to unorganised growth in many cases with major impacts on communities, which have been exposed to problems related to territorial inequality, marginalisation, a lack of basic resources, settlements on unsuitable land (subject to flooding and landslides), housing shortages, unemployment, environmental degradation, insecurity and increased risks of disaster, among others.

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