Urban growth is a contemporary challenge. More than half of the world's population currently lives in
cities and urbanization continues to expand. With this growth, the numbers of the urban poor are
increasing, particularly in developing countries. The urban poor are especially vulnerable to climate
change because their homes are frequently located in hazardous areas.
Despite their living conditions, the urban poor have a proven capacity to improve and invest in their
The lives of the urban poor can be improved while limiting emissions and adapting to climate change. This
can be done by providing the urban poor with basic services that are climate friendly and efficient and
also by implementing appropriate adaptations to reduce their vulnerability to climate change. Watch the webcast of the Urban Poor special event at the 2013 UN Climate
Change Conference in Warsaw.