Global Times CN: Viktoria Swedish ICT presents at Smart Urban Living in Shanghai

31 March, 2014 - 12:20

Towards a better city

About half the world's population now lives in cities, and it's estimated that by the middle of this century, 70 percent of the world will be urbanized. According to a recently released report, the National New Urbanization Plan in China (2014-2020), 60 percent of China's population will live in cities within six years, that is about a 6 percent increase on the present numbers.

The city of Shanghai is home to 24 million people spread over its 6,340 square kilometers and has achieved great things in economics, finance, culture, transportation and public services in its recent rapid urbanization. But like other large cities in the world it also faces serious challenges as its population increases and the dearth of land and energy become evident.

How can the city develop in a sustainable way and how will city residents be able to develop their lives and lifestyles in new smart ways? In March experts from China and Sweden got together in Shanghai to discuss the future and some feasible solutions to the challenges.

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