From the introduction to the report:
Cities worldwide -- in various stages of growth -- are facing a host of challenges related to population increases or losses, demographic changes pertaining to both age and ethnicity composition, a rich-poor income gap, major shifts in the employment base, environmental degradation, adequate investment in education and infrastructure, blurring municipal boundaries, and a decline in both public sector and private sector leadership. This was the consensus of leading urban experts assembled in London this past June 15â€"17.
The varied abilities of small and large cities to prepare for and respond to the vast changes of the 21st century were explored at ULIâ€™s first-ever World Cities Forum. Attended by more than 250 individuals from 20 countries, the forum was an international gathering of distinguished public and private sector representatives from within, and outside, the land use industry, all of whom were invited to share their expertise in creating a global urban agenda to improve the quality of life in urban areas around the world.
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