It is estimated that two-thirds of the world's urban population live in cities where income inequality has increased since the 1980s. In many cases, this increase has been staggering.
Inequalities are present in urban spaces, with cities divided by invisible borders that take the form of social, cultural and economic exclusion.
Slums, the face of poverty and urban inequality, continue to increase in most countries of the developing world, perpetuating the lack of access to basic services and political representation to the most vulnerable communities.
Gender inequality persists, preventing women from accessing secondary education, decent employment, political representation, and reproductive health care. Moreover, youth inequalities manifest in discrimination in access to education, differentiated levels of employment and livelihood opportunities, lack of participation in decision making, and prejudice against sexual preferences.
Cities, then, are a critical component in addressing the inequality problem. Their design, governance, and infrastructure have direct impact on the lives and opportunities of their inhabitants.
If you are unable to participate in the WUF7 Medellín, you can also contribute to the discussions starting February 25, 2014, in the WUF7 E-Debate, whose outcomes will also substantively feed the consolidation of the Concept Paper.
Read the WUF7 Dialogues Concept Papers for more in depth information regarding the WUF7 Theme, “Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life”