Around 2.5 Billion More People Will be Living in Cities by 2050

Tokyo is the world’s largest city with an agglomeration of 37 million inhabitants followed by New Delhi with 29 million

According to a United Nations estimate, two-thirds of the world's population will be concentrated in cities by the year 2050 and this boom will be the most noticeable in India, China and Nigeria.

The world's rural population will peak in a few years then decline by 2050, according to the report on urbanization by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).

It is projected that 68 percent of the world's population will live in urban environments by 2050, compared to 55 percent in 2018.

Moreover, India reportedly has the largest rural population with 893 million, followed by China with 578 million.

Asia and Africa will account for 90 percent of the increase in urban population, the report said.

"The increasing concentration of people in cities provides a way of more economically providing services", he said.

However, Delhi will overtake Tokyo in top spot by around 2028, the report said.

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Megacities are those with more than 10 million inhabitants and the reports says a lot of them would be in developing countries.

Despite its lower rate of urbanisation, Asia contains 54% of all urban residents in the world, followed by Europe and Africa with 13% each. The Chinese city of Shanghai is third with 26 million, while São Paulo in Brazil and Mexico City, which each have around 22 million people living in them, are fourth.

However, a few cities in Japan and South Korea - for example, Nagasaki and Busan - have experienced population decline since 2000. The city is home to some 29 million people, and this number is set to swell in the next 10 years when the Indian capital will surpass Tokyo to become the world's most populous city. India already has five megacities, with populations in excess of 10 million people: New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai.

"Many countries will face challenges in meeting the needs of their growing urban populations, including for housing, transportation, energy systems and other infrastructure; as well as for employment and basic services such as education and health care", said DESA, urging governments adopt better integrated policies to improve the lives of both urban and rural dwellers. Africa and Asia are home to almost 90% of the world's rural population in 2018.

The chairman of NPC, Eze Duruiheoma, stated this in NY while delivering Nigeria's statement on sustainable cities, human mobility and global migration at the 51st session of commission on population and development.

At the same time, linkages between urban and rural areas will need to be strengthened, building on their existing economic, social and environmental ties, the report concludes.

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