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‘The Earth is not flat; it is urban,’ says UN report, urging new agenda for resilient, sustainable cities

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18 May 16 - While cities have emerged over the past 20 years as the world’s economic platforms for production and innovation, helping millions escape poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, mass urbanization has also led to overcrowding, deepened inequalities and triggered a raft of environmental and health challenges, according to a new United Nations report.