By 2030, over a billion people will live in approximately 100 very large cities and 60 % of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Today, the urban population ratio in some regions surpasses 70% and it is projected that population growth in the coming decades will be higher in urban centers, and particularly in Megacities or Metropolitan areas of more than 10 million inhabitants.
On 25 September 2015, the UN adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), charting out a framework of sustainable development for people and the planet by 2030. Goal number 6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” is a key action area for this Megacities alliance.
The UN-Habitat III conference will take place in October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. It has the ambition to rethink and implement the new urban agenda.
The COP22 in Marrakech (7 to 18 November 2016) will pursue actions defined during the COP21 on adaptation to climate change, in particular actions in the domain of water.