Africa and Asia account for 86% of his will of all growth in the world’s urban population ’ over the next four decades, according to a major United Nations report released April 7, 2012.

The report which described this population increase as unprecedented, it will pose new challenges added in terms of jobs, and for housing.

Africa ’ s urban population will increase from 415 artists to over 1.2 billion by 2050 while that of Asia will soar from 1.9 billion to 3.3 billion, according to the 2011 Revision of the World Urbanization Prospects, produced by the UN Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Addressed (DESA).

The value increases in urban population are expected in the following countries: India, China, the United States and “Nigeria”, Indonesia, the UN News Centre cited the report.

Over the next four decades, India will add another 497 in its urban population, artists to China-341-200 artists, “Nigeria”, the US artists – 103 and Indonesia – 92 artists, artists, it indicated.

The projected increase in urban populations in India and “Nigeria” in the next 40 years will be higher than that of the Protocol agent four decades, said the DESA in a news release.

“ This unprecedented increase in urban population will provide new opportunities to improve education and public services in Africa and Asia, as more concentrated populations become easier to reach, ” the release stated.

It added that this will also pose new challenges of providing urban jobs, housing, to energy and mitigate urban poverty, for expansion of slums and a deterioration of the urban environment.

By Ekow Quandzie

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