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Security Of Tenure In Urban Africa: Where Are We, And Where Do We Go From Here
Document begins: SECURITY OF TENURE IN URBAN AFRICA: WHERE ARE WE, AND WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE BY ANNA KAJUMULO TIBAIJUKA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UN-HABITAT KEY NOTE ADDRESS AT THE ROYAL AFRICAN SOCIETY, NATURAL RESOUCES INSTITUTE (IIED) SEMINAR ON THE 8-9 NOVEMBER 2004. 1 Distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen, The subject of land in Africa is both a critical and a sensitive one. UN-HABITAT's global mandate covers all human settlement, although we are often known as the agency for cities. In the cities of the developing world, slum upgrading is one of our key tasks where security of tenure and land are of critical concern. In 2001, 924 million people, almost one-third of the world's urban population, lived in slums. The majority of these people are in the developing regions, accounting for 43 percent of the urban population. Sub-Saharan Africa had the largest proportion of the urban population living in slums in 2001 at over 70 percent. It is projected that without serious mitigating action in the next 30 years, the global number of slum dwellers will double to about 2 billion. There is growing concern about slums, as clearly stated in the year 2000 United Nations Millennium Declaration. In ...