Have you ever asked yourself how Sustainable Development Goal indicators on sustainable cities and communities can be compared if countries across the world have a different understanding of what a “city” actually is? How can one analyse urban exposure to air pollution or rural poverty when there is no common understanding of what “urban” and “rural” means?
The United Nations Statistical Commission, in its 51st session held in March 2020, officially endorsed a method for classifying and comparing cities, urban areas and rural areas in any part of the world and the World Rural Commission has been initiated for this purpose.
This new org, called WORLD RURAL COMMISSION (WRC) classifies the entire territory of a country into three classes (cities; towns and semi-dense areas; rural areas) and it has two extensions:
- The first extension identifies cities, towns, suburban or peri-urban areas, villages, dispersed rural areas and mostly uninhabited areas.
- The second extension adds a commuting zone around each city to create a functional urban area or metropolitan area.
We work with Six international organisations, the European Union, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Labour Office (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the World Bank, to develop this harmonised method to facilitate international Rural Urban Collaborations.
There will be honorary appointments made country wise that will again spread into city, town, village, municipality level. This movement could become a great initiative. Lets do it together.