World Cities Day: Can Technology Serve the Purpose? - #technoskeptic

" The slogan of ‘better living with sustainable development linked with technological innovation’ may prove extremely hollow and delirious in case the phenomenal wealth that gets generated in the cities is not distributed equitably.

October 31 is United Nation’s World Cities Day and the theme for this year is “Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for the Future Generations”. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General has said, “Let us commit to embracing innovation to ensure a better life for future generations and chart a path towards sustainable, inclusive urban development that benefits all.” Over half of the world’s population now resides in cities and with rapid urbanisation, the number of people will almost double by 2050. While cities provide ample opportunities for better living, there are immense challenges that the cities face globally. The slogan of ‘better living with sustainable development linked with technological innovation’ may prove extremely hollow and delirious in case the phenomenal wealth that gets generated in the cities is not distributed equitably.

The Indian cities are facing another major challenge of massive unemployment which is the highest in the last 45 years. Urban employment is just about 28% for the working population according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) data. In such a scenario, the whole notion of inclusive cities cannot brush aside this reality and must consider steps to eradicate it. Some of the civil society groups working in the urban realm and Left political parties have raised the demand of an urban employment guarantee scheme which shall not just be highly beneficial for inclusive development in the city but shall also be able to manage some of the city affairs/works which the city governments are always looking for outsourcing."

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