For the first time ever, the United Nations has declared 31 October ''World Cities Day'', recognising and highlighting the critical role that cities and smart urban planning have to play in sustainable development.
According to a UN Habitat forecast, two thirds of the world's population will live in cities by 2030. Not least because of their population density, cities have become a huge focal point when it comes to sustainable development.
Freely adapted from the motto “Think globally, act locally” a group of Indian and German researchers, academics and experts founded the ‘SHP’ which is coordinated by the Humboldt University Berlin and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
As huge new metropolises take shape, mostly in Asia, urbanisation is becoming a defining 21st-century social trend. Paul Webster and Jason Burke examine how Chengdu and Delhi are facing the future.