The sheer pace and scale of urbanization is precipitating one of the most dramatic demographic shifts in human history. More than half of the world’s population now resides in cities. At least 500 cities have populations greater than one million, including over 28 megacities with ten million or more inhabitants.
In 1950 there were just 83 cities with over one million people and only three megacities.
Alongside fast growing global cities is another category of urban settlement that is falling behind. While some cities like Bogota and São Paulo are serving as national growth poles, others like Caracas and San Salvador are sinking into decay. Many are emerging in fast urbanizing parts of the Americas as well as Africa and Asia.
These urban nodes of instability have implications for poverty and inequality reduction. Some security experts believe that so-called ‘feral cities’ and their sprawling slums will serve as future landscapes of national unrest, civil conflict and urban insurgency. SEE MORE…
Filed under: Crimen organizado, Encuestas / estadísticas / índices de victimización, Global, Gobierno nacional, Percepción de inseguridad, Políticas de seguridad, Tráfico de drogas, Victimización | Tagged: crimen organizado, delincuencia, Global, inseguridad, seguridad, seguridad ciudadana, violencia |