JAC Future Business (FuBiz) Dinner, Sept. 21, 2012 at the villa of the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue (7-9pm). To register:click here. More info soon.
The Urban Millenium According to the UN-HABITAT 2006 Annual Report1, sometime in the middle of 2007, the majority of people worldwide were living in towns or cities, for the first time in history; this is referred to as the arrival of the "Urban Millennium". In regard to future trends, it is estimated that 93% of urban growth will occur in Asia and Africa, and to a lesser extent in Latin America and the Caribbean. By 2050, over 6 billion people, two thirds of humanity, will be living in towns and cities. In cities we find jobs, meet people, enjoy culture, get in contact with ideas or purchase the things we need for daily life. Cities are catalysts for human interactions the sum of which we variously call economy, culture or public life. Cities keep the global economy running. Today’s civilization is the result of the global city network with a multitude of interwoven value chains. Yet, at the same time urbanization is so rapid that much of it results in slums - urban areas without urban infrastructures. The future is manifesting itself in the megacities of the present. Cities are both the focus of our most pressing problems and the source of possible solutions.