Tackling Global Poverty


Dhaka, the capital and largest city in Bangladesh, is a magnet for poor people seeking employment. The metropolitan area is home to about 17 million people, including an estimated 250,000 “street children.”

By 2050, more than 75 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. Many cities don’t have the infrastructure and services to meet the needs of poor families who flock to them in search of opportunities. 

Habitat III, a 2016 U.N. conference on sustainable urban development in Quito, Ecuador, outlined new, pro-poor ways to build, manage, and live in cities in a New Urban Agenda.  They include extending basic services to all residents, and creating "safe, accessible, and green" public spaces.

World Vision, which works to improve the lives of children and families in Dhaka, co-chaired the conference activities related to better city living for children and youth.

Photo ©2013 World Vision, Jon Warren

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