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    World's slums are growing - U.N. report.

    Monday Developments. 2003 Oct 20; 21(19):14.

    The number of people living in slums across the globe has now reached the 1 billion mark, 32 percent of the global urban population, and the number could double unless governments act swiftly, the United Nations said in its first assessment of the world's slums. The existence of slums is not inevitable, says United Nations Human Settlements Program Executive Director Anna K. Tibaijuka. The Challenge of Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements 2003", issued on World Habitat Day Oct. 6, shows that around the world at least 40 percent of settlements, which are home to at least 1 billion people, can be considered as slums. Seventy-one per cent of city- dwellers in sub-Saharan Africa live in slums, compared to 40 percent for Asia and six percent for developed nations. (excerpt)
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