Urbanization in developing countries is a defining feature of the 21st century. Between 2000 and 2030, the entire built-up urban area in developing countries is projected to triple. Urbanization has enabled economic growth and innovation across all regions, currently accounting for three-quarters of global economic production. At the same time, urbanization has also contributed to environmental and socioeconomic challenges, including climate change, pollution, congestion, and the rapid growth of slums.
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