Friday, June 16, 2006

Report reveals global slum crisis


Family life continues in slums despite the squalor, the report says

Slum-dwellers who make up a third of the world's urban population often live no better - if not worse - than rural people, a United Nations report says.
Anna Tibaijuka, head of the UN Habitat agency, urged governments and donors to take more seriously the problems of at least a billion people.
Worst hit is Sub-Saharan Africa where 72% of urban inhabitants live in slums rising to nearly 100% in some states.
If no action is taken, the world's slum population could rise to 1.4bn by 2020.
Habitat - the UN's human settlements programme - is hosting an Urban Forum in Vancouver next week on how to stem the crisis.

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