UN-Habitat partners with Microsoft CityNext on global urban crowding problems

More than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas; by the year 2050, it will be 70 percent. As more people crowd into urban areas, issues of aging infrastructure and inadequate health and social services become even more critical. To help find technological solutions to those challenges, United Nations-Habitat will partner with Microsoft CityNext.

Dr. Joan Clos, UN-Habitat executive director, writes in a guest post that the UN’s Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft CityNext was announced this week at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia. Nearly 20,000 representatives from government, academia, nongovernmental organizations, financial institutions and the private sector from 164 countries are attending the event.

Microsoft CityNext “will help us to better interpret, analyze and share urban data and information in our Global Urban Observatory database,” Clos writes. “Through the use of cloud services we aim to help member states assist their cities in significantly reducing costs, enhancing services, improving operations and accelerating opportunities for all citizens.”

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff