01.01.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

Water for Sustainable Urban Human Settlements

WWAP Briefing Notes Series

By Kulwant Singh, June 2010

Already today, half of the world’s people live in urban areas. By the middle of this century all regions will be predominantly urban. Building on the outcomes of the WWDR3 and on work implemented by UN-HABITAT, this Briefing Note restates the critical water-related challenges of this unprecedented urban expansion – from providing access to basic services to ensuring environmental and human security. The paper provides urban mayors, leaders and high-level decision makers with concrete policy options to meet these challenges, protect against potential water-related disasters and ensure the development of sustainable urban settlements.

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