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A well-planned response to the unprecedented expansion of cities may hold the key to responding to climate change and other challenges of the 21st century, as shown at the LSE Urban Age conference in Delhi last week.

We argue that the Habitat III Agenda currently on the table comprises several serious omissions, including any acknowledgement that conflict routinely arises in urban areas.

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We are in danger of sleepwalking into a Habitat III Agenda that has learnt nothing from the shortcomings of the past 20 years of urban development efforts, such as the failures to stem widening inequalities, to roll out infrastructure and basic services at the same pace as urbanisation, or to harness market forces for the benefit of the poor.

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