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ICT – a key enabler of sustainable urbanization

For the first time in human history more people live in cities than in rural areas. By 2050 it is expected that 7 out of 10 people will be urbanites, with the majority of growth occurring in cities of the Global South. A new report co-written with UN Habitat shows how technology can enable economically, socially and environmentally sustainable cities, with emphasis on solving the challenge of access to water.
  • Urbanization is one of the main global challenges of the 21st century.
  • 7 out of 10 people are expected to live in cities by 2050.
  • Ericsson and UN Habitat are partnering to identify how technology can speed up the progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • ICT can be used to accelerate sustainable urban development.
  • Ensuring reliable access to clean water is one of the most important challenges we need to solve.
  • In Nairobi, for example, 38% of the city’s water is lost through leakage and siphoning. In cases like these, digital technologies and sensors can be used to help formalize water distribution and manage water resources more efficiently.

UN Habitat Ericsson Cities Report