The United Nations convened the Habitat I conference in Vancouver in 1976 as governments began to recognise the consequences of rapid urbanisation, especially in the developing world. That pioneering conference sprung from warnings about urbanisation at the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm convened to deal with the perceived threat to the environment by human activity.
At the time of the first Habitat conference in Vancouver in 1976, urbanization and its impacts were barely on the radar screen of a United Nations created just three decades earlier when two-thirds of humanity was still rural. But the world was starting to witness the greatest and fastest migration into cities and towns in history. In 1976, one-third of the world’s people lived in cities. Just 30 years later, this rose to one-half and will continue to grow to two-thirds, or 6 billion people, by 2050. Cities are now home to half of humankind.
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Periodicity: Quarterly Publication Date: 01 Jun 2006 ISBN:- Not available - ISSN:- Not available - Pages: 24 Year: 2006 YEAR: 2006 Languages:
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