Asia has been urbanizing at a faster rate than anywhere else on earth, with the region already home to almost half of all the world's city dwellers. In just over a decade it will have 21 of 37 megacities worldwide. Over the next 30 years another 1.1 billion Asians are expected to be living in cities.
In a special chapter of its flagship annual statistical publication, Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2012, ADB examines in detail the challenges and opportunities presented by the region's breakneck urban boom.
* How can Asia act decisively to pave the way for green, resource-friendly cities?
* What is needed to turn cities into environmentally sustainable, inclusive growth
Changyong Rhee, ADB Chief Economist, will address these issues at the launch of
the 43rd edition of the report featuring key economic and social development indicators across ADB's 48 regional members. The report also features a special supplement on inclusive growth indicators and records progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
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