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Barcelona, 2 Nov 11

Photo © UN-HABITAT / H. Hasselqvist

Cities are on the rise as nations and states see their control and importance shrinking, delegates at a conference on 'learning cities' were told last month.

The meeting 20-21 October meeting was held by UN-HABITAT with the Spanish Secretariat of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, and the Ministry of Public Works.

"Nations and States are shrinking in their control and importance and thus cities are rising," said Tim Campbell, director of the Urban Age Institute. "When cities learn, they reduce the risk of change. They also learn to improve their economies, their land use, their planning."

For details on the event at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, a UNESCO world heritage site, click here.

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