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State of World Population 1996:

Changing Places:
Population, Development and the Urban Future

United Nations Population Fund
Dr. Nafis Sadik, Executive Director

Jørgen Schytte, Still Pictures


Foreword by United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Urban Potential

Chapter 2. Conditions of Life in Urban Areas

Chapter 3. Urban Population Dynamics

Chapter 4. Sources of City Growth

Chapter 5. Urban-rural Links: Transactions and Transformation

Chapter 6. Policies, Strategies and Issues for Improving Cities

Appendix - Follow-up to the ICPD: Implementing the Reproductive Health Agenda



Population Growth Remains High
Quantitative Goals of the ICPD
A Different View of Development
Definitions of Poverty
Urban Compared with Rural Poverty
A Plague of Urban Violence
Cleaner Streets and Health Awareness
Dirty Cities, Deadly Cities
What is Reproductive Health Care?
Situation Analysis
The ICPD on Quality of Care
Self-reliant Reproductive Health Clinics
Asia and the Pacific
Eastern Europe
Sub-Saharan Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean
Arab States
Making a Shanty Town More Livable
How Accurate Are Projections of Future City Sizes?
Will a Trend Away from the Cities Develop?
Flowers among the Garbage
ICPD and Urban Strategies
Urban Issues at the World Summit for Social Development
Beijing and Urban Issues
Urban Conferences of the Past Decade
Linking Reproductive Health Services to Community Outreach
Understanding Urban Population Distribution and Service Needs
Integrating Population into Decentralized Urban Planning
Reproductive Health for the Marginalized Community
Integrating Family Planning into Reproductive Health Programmes
Reducing Maternal Mortality
Addressing Adolescents' Needs
Women and Decision-Making
Involving Men

Charts and Graphs (Acrobat PDF files)

Percentage of the Population Living in Urban Areas (395k)
Levels of Urbanization in Selected Regions
Regional Distribution of Urban Population (378k)
Urban Growth, by Region (378k)
Natural Increase as a Percentage of Urban Growth (395k)
Map: World's 15 Largest Cities, 1994 and 2015 (projected) (395k)
World's 30 Largest Cities, 1950, 1990 and 2015 (projected)

Tables (Acrobat PDF files)

Monitoring ICPD Goals: Selected Indicators
Demographic, Social and Economic Indicators
Selected Indicators for Less Populous Countries/Territories

Technical Notes

The State of World Population 1996 report

Editor: Alex Marshall
Research and Writing: Stan Bernstein
Managing Editor: William A. Ryan
Editorial Assistant: Phyllis Brachman