Metropolitan and peripheral cities

The complexity of the metropolitan age

Metropolitan and peripheral cities infographicMetropolitan areas today encompasses 41% of the world´s population and contribute significantly to the wealth of nations (around 60% of the global GDP).

As a result, most growing cities now span several municipal territories and other political boudaries, including different types of peripherial cities as part of inner and outer rings.

Metropolitan areas are where many of the world´s most pressing issues can be solved, but also where they accumulate. 

Agenda for metropolitan areas - key messages 

Establish new governance models to deal with the increasing complexity of metropolitan areas.

Base metropolitan governance on democracy, transparency and collaboration.

Give metropolitan areas adequate powers and resources

Develop comprehensive economic strategies in metropolitan areas to drive the national economy and create opportunities for all

Use vision-led strategic planning to support inclusive urbanism.

Ensure quality infrastructure and services that are resilient and accessible to all

Lead the transition to sustainable and more resilient societies with greener and smarter metropolitan areas.

Promote ‘territorial solidarity’ between metropolitan areas, intermediary cities and their hinterlands.

Put the ‘right to the city for all’ at the heart of urban policies in order to renew the social contract and strengthen metropolitan citizenship

Recognize culture (including heritage, diversity and creativity) as a   pillar of flourishing metropolitan areas.

Actively engage on the global stage, and cooperate and promote knowledgesharing among metropolitan governments