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Cities in a globalizing world : global report on human settlements 2001
United Nations Centre for Human Settlements.
Publication Information:
London ; Sterling, VA : Earthscan Publications, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxxviii, 344 pages : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm

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HT65 .C57 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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* The most authoritative and up to date assessment of the development of the world's cities and other human settlements* A detailed assessment of the impacts and implications of globalization for cities* Statistical Annexes provide essential information on demographic, spatial & economic, housing, and environment & infrastructural indicatorsThe Global Report 2001 is the successor to the Global Report 1996. It is the only reliable and comprehensive assessment of the world's cities and an essential tool and reference for academics, researchers, planners and public authorities and civil society organizations around the world.The 2001 Report highlights the impacts of globalization in removing barriers and increasing the influence of market forces on policies and city development, the increased isolation and marginalization of many, especially poor and vulnerable social groups. It documents current housing and urban conditions, including access to health care and education, and examines policies and initiatives for improved quality of life across all sectors of urban society.

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As its title suggests, this United Nations publication is a summary of knowledge about global urbanized areas at the turn of the millennium. Brief chapters survey understanding of all major aspects of urban life (communications, development, employment, health, housing, politics, transportation, etc.) and provide examples from contemporary international cities. Especially interesting and informative are the sections on how information and communication technologies have impacted well-being in human settlements throughout the globe since the 1980s. Other notable sections deal with the devolution of public services to nongovernmental agencies and how this has led to greater gender equity for many less developed areas. The extensive appendix contains excellent data on urban population dynamics and development characteristics at the national and urban level. Because of its encyclopedic information, this book would be a good addition to any library and might prove useful to support urban geography or urban sociology courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level. B. C. Pearson State University of West Georgia

Table of Contents

Part I Development Context: Changes and Challenges
Human Settlements in a Globalizing World
UN Norms and Policy Platforms
Part II The State Of The World's Cities
The Economies of the City
Urban Environment, Infrastructure and Services
Urban Governance
Part III The State Of The World's Shelter
Household's Living Conditions
Housing Provision
Part IV Development Prospects And Policy Options
Human Settlements Prospects
Strategic Policy Foci
Need for Cooperation
Statistical Annex