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22 Mar 2011 description

FAO NEWS RELEASE [11/29 en]

On World Water Day, FAO stresses need to ensure adequate water supplies to swelling urban populations

Rome, 22 March, 2011 - As the world's urban population continues to swell, the need to employ new and innovative approaches to ensuring safe and adequate water for city dwellers in developing countries is becoming increasingly pressing, FAO said today.

"Within the next 20 years, 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities, with most urban expansion taking place in the developing world.