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Toward Guidelines for Humanitarian Standards and Operations in Urban Settings

Laura M. Janneck
Published: 
Mar 2012
Publisher: 
Prehospital and Disaster Medicine

Rapid urbanization represents the most significant demographic change of the twenty-first century. 2008 marked the first time in human history that over half of the world population lived in urban settings. The process of urbanization, fueled by economic and social foreces, has particularly accelerated in countries in the Global South. By the year 2050, it is predicted that 70% of the world's population will live in urban settings.