6. Pavements of gold

Posted: 29 June 2001

Urban poverty has been described as one of the biggest challenges facing the world in the 21st century. The figures are stark: in 1950, the number of people living in urban areas amounted to 300 million. At the start of the new century, that figure had multiplied almost ten-fold, to 2.85 billion - almost half the world's total population. And the flow of rural migrants arriving in the world's cities continues.

"It is a trend which cannot be stopped," says Anna Tibaijuka, the new executive director of Habitat, (the UN Centre for Human Settlements). "It's an economic trend... just a matter of time, and all predictions now show that people are marching onto cities."

With the backdrop of the growing urban slums surrounding Lima, capital city of Peru, this programme examines the enduring magnetism of urban life and asks whether the migrants who've moved here now feel that the city has proved the answer to all their dreams.

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