These are the world’s most fragile cities – and this is how they can turn things around | World Economic Forum
Cities are redefining the trajectories of security and development in the 21st century. Owing to the relentless push of urbanization – especially in Africa and Asia – cities are increasingly shaping global responses to climate change, migration, governance and international security.
Yet while the world fixes its gaze on a few dozen global cities, surprisingly little is known about thousands of other cities around the world that are quietly expanding. Are these fast growing cities adequately prepared to face the monumental challenges of tomorrow?
Why cities matter
Whether in the developed or developing world, there is little doubt that urbanization is rewiring international affairs and changing the face of politics, economics and demographics. At least half of humanity already lives in cities and this share will grow to two-thirds by 2050. Just 600 cities are responsible for two-thirds of global GDP. And while the pace of urbanization is slowing in North America and Western Europe, it is approaching breakneck speed in Africa and Asia – parts of the world least prepared to handle such a massive transition.