Astana Economic Forum-2018: World cities

Astana Economic Forum-2018: World cities

Urbanization is one of the 11 global discussion topics at the Astana Economic Forum (AEF): Global Challenges Summit 2018. Rapid urbanization resulted due to overload of big cities. It affected the environment, public transportation system, infrastructure as well as socio-economic development. According to the United Nations, United States is one of the most urbanized countries in the world with 80 per cent of Americans living in cities. A new program for sustainable urban development in the next 20 years is being developed today.

AMINA MOHAMMED, FIRST DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL OF UNITED NATIONS:

 - We are all well aware of the importance and key role of cities and urbanization for sustainable development and for peace and security. Today, the majority of people estimated at four billion live in urban areas. By 2050, it is said we will have an estimated six billion.

The growth of urbanization is also seen in Kazakhstan. According to a report by Ranking.KZ, the urban population in Kazakhstan is growing twice faster than in rural areas. The increase of urban population in the first two months of this year was recorded at almost 26, 000 people, which now totaled to about 10.5 million.  The increase in the number of city dwellers is seen in 12 out of 16 regions in Kazakhstan.

Today, authorities of the largest cities of the world are actively working on the future development concepts. At the 11th Astana Economic Forum, renowned architects and urban developers will explore the ways of avoiding mistakes and creating a comfortable and safe urban environment.

Well-known political expert Parag Khanna will share his vision at the global summit. He is the author of dozens of bestselling books on future cities and its development strategies. He was a researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the World Economic Forum in Geneva. He was also a Global Governance Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His articles are published in the world’s leading media.