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World Cities Report 2022. Envisaging the Future of Cities

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World Cities Report 2022. Envisaging the Future of Cities. United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

World Cities Report 2022: Envisaging the Future of Cities seeks to provide greater clarity and insights into the future of cities based on existing trends, challenges and opportunities, as well as disruptive conditions, including the valuable lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, and suggest ways that cities can be better prepared to address a wide range of shocks and transition to sustainable urban futures. The Report proposes a state of informed preparedness that provides us with the opportunity to anticipate change, correct the course of action and become more knowledgeable of the different scenarios or possibilities that the future of cities offers.


Chapter 1: The Diversity of Cities and Visions for Urban Futures 

  • 1.1 What Futures for Cities?
  • 1.2 Pandemic Lessons for the Future of Cities
  • 1.3 The Diversity of Urban Futures
  • 1.4 Possible Scenarios for Urban Futures.
  • 1.5 Visions of Urban Futures
  • 1.6 Pathways to Sustainable Urban Futures
  • 1.7 Concluding Remarks 

Chapter 2: Scenarios of Urban Futures: Degree of Urbanization 

  • 2.1. The Degree of Urbanization and Why it is Important? 
  • 2.2. City Population Continues Growing as Towns and Rural Areas Experience Slowdown
  • 2.3. What is Driving Population Growth in Cities? 
  • 2.4. Growth in Cities is Slowing Down, but Less for Large Cities
  • 2.5. Sustainable Futures: How Dense Should Our Cities Be? 
  • 2.6. Concluding Remarks and Lessons for Policy 

Chapter 3: Poverty and Inequality: Enduring Features of an Urban Future? 

  • 3.1. Urban Poverty and Inequality: A Multidimensional Perspective
  • 3.2. Trends in Poverty and Inequality: Implications for Urban Futures 
  • 3.3. A Global Snapshot of Inequality Trends 
  • 3.4. Urban Poverty in Developing Regions: Trends and Challenges for the Future of Cities
  • 3.5. Urban Poverty in Developed Regions: Implications for Urban Futures 
  • 3.6. Urban Inequalities in Developing Regions: Matters Arising for Urban Futures 
  • 3.7. Urban Inequalities in Developed Regions and the Future of Cities 
  • 3.8. Responding to Poverty and Inequality in Cities 
  • 3.9. Transformative Policies for Inclusive and Equitable Urban Futures
  • 3.10. Success Factors for Social Protection Policies in Urban Areas 
  • 3.11. Concluding Remarks and Lessons for Policy 

Chapter 4: Resilient Urban Economies: A Catalyst for Productive Futures 

  • 4.1. Conceptualizing Urban Economic Resilience 
  • 4.2. Urban Economies of Cities in Developing Countries 
  • 4.3. Urban Economies of Cities in Developed Countries 
  • 4.4. Towards Resilient Urban Economies and Productive Urban Futures 
  • 4.5. Concluding Remarks and Lessons for Policy 

Chapter 5: Securing a Greener Urban Future 

  • 5.1. Urban Transitions to Net Zero GHG Emissions
  • 5.2. The Future of Urban Transportation
  • 5.3. Embracing Resilience for Greener Urban Futures
  • 5.4. Nature-based Solutions and Environmental Futures 
  • 5.5. Inclusive Planning Processes 
  • 5.6. Building Global Urban Partnerships 
  • 5.7. Concluding Remarks and Lessons for Policy 

Chapter 6: Urban Planning for the Future of Cities 

  • 6.1. Urban Planning for Sustainable and Inclusive Recovery 
  • 6.2. Retrofitting Urban Spaces for Safe Social Distancing 
  • 6.3. Promoting Compact Urban Development 
  • 6.4. Planning for the Future of Public Transport Systems
  • 6.5. The Importance of Spatial Scales and Analysis for the Future of Urban Planning 
  • 6.6. Concluding Remarks and Lessons for Policy 

Chapter 7: Public Health and Sustainable Urban Futures 

  • 7.1. Towards a Multilayered, Intersectional Understanding of Urban Health 
  • 7.2 Advancing Urban Health Equity 
  • 7.3 Envisaging Health for Sustainable Urban Futures 
  • 7.4 Concluding Remarks and Lessons for Policy 

Chapter 8: Rethinking Urban Governance for the Future of Cities

  • 8.1. Urban Governance Lessons from a Global Pandemic 
  • 8.2. Urban Governance that Drives and Sustains Urban Futures
  • 8.3. Emerging Urban Governance Responses to Five Pervasive Challenges.
  • 8.4. Divergent Urban Governance Futures 
  • 8.5. Concluding Remarks and Lessons for Policy 71

Chapter 9: Innovation and Technology: Towards Knowledge-Based Urban Futures 

  • 9.1. Future Cities as Places of Innovation 
  • 9.2. Frontier Technologies for Variegated Urban Futures 
  • 9.3. Automation, Digitalization and the Future of Work85
  • 9.4. Cities’ Responses to Digital and Environmental Divides 
  • 9.5. Technological Tools for Inclusive Governance
  • 9.6. Towards Responsible Innovation 
  • 9.7. Concluding Remarks and Lessons for Policy 

Chapter 10: Building Resilience for Sustainable Urban Futures 

  • 10.1. Defining, Understanding and Measuring Resilience
  • 10.2. Economic Resilience
  • 10.3. Social Resilience 
  • 10.4. Environmental Resilience 
  • 10.5. Institutional Resilience
  • 10.6 Final Reflections: Building Resilience for Optimistic Urban Futures 

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