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UN-Habitat: Governance Assessment Framework
  UN-Habitat Pedro B. Ortiz Metropolitan Governance Metro-Matrix
  Very honored to see that multilaterals like the United Nations are following our metropolitan lead. In a recent publication from UN-Habitat (Governance Assessment Framework for Metropolitan Territorial and Regional Management, GAF-MTR) the Metropolitan Governance thesis presented by us 7 years ago (April 20, 2016: Confederal, Federal and Unitary) has been officialized: ‘The structure and composition of governing bodies in metropolises and regions also depends on whether they are constituted under confederate, federated or unitary systems.’ (page 31)

We would have appreciated the reference, as a matter of ethics. Scholars are sometimes not, but multilaterals should be ethical. Lack of it reflects incompetence and delegitimizes UN-Habitat as an Institution.
UN Habitat: The Economic Role of Cities
  UN Habitat The Economic role of Cities
  Urbanization is one of the most powerful, irreversible forces in the world. It is estimated that 93 percent of the future urban population growth will occur in the cities of Asia and Africa,and to a lesser extent, Latin America and the Caribbean.

We live in a new urban era with most of humanity now living in towns and cities.
Global poverty is moving into cities, mostly in developing countries, in a process we call the urbanisation of poverty.
The world’s slums are growing and growing as are the global urban populations. Indeed, this is one of the greatest challenges we face in the new millennium.

The persistent problems of poverty and slums are in large part due to weak urban economies. Urban economic development is fundamental to UN-HABITAT’s mandate. Cities act as engines of national economic development. Strong urban economies are essential for poverty reduction and the provision of adequate housing, infrastructure, education, health, safety, and basic services.

Joan Clos