Sustainable Cities, Human Mobility and International Migration

Elena Kiseleva, Secretary, Commission on Population and Development

Committee Background

By the year 2050, the world’s urban population is expected to double, making urbanization one of the most transformative phenomenon of the 21st century. As the centers of social, economic and political activity, cities concentrate an increasing share of the world’s population, which in turn poses a significant sustainability in terms of human safety and development. Realizing an urgent need to address the rapidly growing number of challenges caused by increasing urbanization, the international community adopted a wide range of programmes and initiatives, which include the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, the New Urban Agenda, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the consequent recent global initiatives – the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Nevertheless, the agenda of Sustainable cities, human mobility, and migration adopted by the Commission on Population and Development remains accurate and requires elaboration of specific policies and targeted strategies aimed at ensuring sustainable urbanization in line with the Sustainable Development Agenda.