DESA’s World’s Cities Data Finds Cities “Highly Exposed” to Disasters

Americas, Disaster, News, November 12 2018

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NEW YORK, USA: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) released a data booklet titled, ‘The World’s Cities in 2018.’ The publication finds that nearly three in five cities with populations greater than 500,000 people are at high risk of a natural disaster.

According to the publication’s findings, 679 of 1,146 cities inhabited by more than half a million people are vulnerable to cyclones, floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides or volcanic eruptions. Combined, these cities are home to 1.4 billion people – a third of the world’s population. The booklet draws on projections from DESA’s ‘World Urbanization Prospects: The 2018 Revision’ report, and notes the importance of understanding urbanization trends as being key to implementing SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).

The data booklet offers a definition for the term “city,” distinguishing between administrative boundaries, those delineated by “contiguous urban areas,” and broader metropolitan areas that feature a degree of economic and social interconnectivity. The means of defining a city, it stresses, affects the assessment of its population, with metropolitan areas being home to significantly larger numbers of people than the “city proper” as defined by an administrative boundary.

 

For the full article, visit the source: IISD SDG Knowledge Hub

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