Fifty percent of the global population currently live in cities and this is expected to increase to 70% (or 6.4 billion people) by 2050. Asian cities are expected to see more than 60% of this increase and 46% of all urban population growth will occur in cities with fewer than 500,000 inhabitants.
UN-Habitat estimate that over 1 billion (or one in three) urban inhabitants currently do not have adequate access to water and sanitation, live in overcrowded conditions, live in poor quality, temporary shelters or lack security of tenure. It is predicted that the number of “slum dwellers” could double, to 2 billion, by 2050.
The goal of Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is to measurably enhance the resilience of ACCCRN cities’ institutions, systems and structures to current and future climate risks, and through this, measurably improve the lives of poor and vulnerable people.
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