UN-HABITAT: State of the World’s Cities Report Underlines Coastal Cities’ Vulnerability to Climate Change

State of the World's Cities 2008/2009

23 October 2008: The UN Human Settlements Programme

(UN-HABITAT) has launched “State of the World's Cities 2008/2009: Harmonious

Cities,” a flagship report published every two years by the UN agency.


Report indicates that half the world's population currently lives in cities,

and within two decades this proportion will increase to 60%. In relation to

climate change, the report finds that many cities are at risk from rising water

levels, and more needs to be done now to mitigate the impact this will have on

their populations and assets. [UN

Habitat Press Release]