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Cities and local government must focus on well-being of people in developing countries: UN official July 14,2020   |  Source: UN News

While the scale and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt in developing and developed countries alike, the President of the UN General Assembly maintained on Monday that the response must focus on “the two-thirds of the world’s population at risk of being left behind”.

“We need to focus on specific actions that will alleviate the impact on the well-being and livelihoods of people in developing countries and the marginalized around the world”, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande told the virtual United Cities and Local Government Forum, part of the on-going High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

“We need to address their specific needs now while building back”.

By 2050, 68 per cent of the world’s population is expected to be urban. And in developing countries, the urban population will double.

Moreover, the area covered by cities could triple by 2030, with many people projected to live in informal settlements.

“To respond effectively, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must be at the forefront of government strategies for recovery to safeguard our communities against future shocks by building resilient systems”, the Assembly president said.

He maintained that this requires a recommitment to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda


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