Track 1: The Challenges of Urban Growth


By 2030 more than five billion, of the projected world population of eight billion, will be city dwellers

Mega-city/regions have emerged in the East and South through migration from the country to the city; whilst in the West, migration between urban areas is, simultaneously, creating expanding and shrinking cities. To some extent the future of our cities will be determined by emerging divergent trends. This track, coordinated by the URBEGO and UN HABITAT will consider the social and economic causes and consequences of currently emerging patterns of urbanization and population distributions in different contexts.

Using international examples, this track will explore how urban planning can respond to the challenges associated with rapid uncontrolled urban growth, including issues around leadership, transportation, compact cities and land management.