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Dublin ranks 4th in UN report on prosperity of global cities

However its authors said the current measures to address the economic crisis and public finances could affect its position.

DUBLIN HAS been placed 4th in the current global ranking of major cities in terms of prosperity in a new UN report.

The UN Habitat ‘State of the World Cities’ report was referred to in a presentation by Sally Fegan-Wyles, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNITAR Executive Director at the Cities Against Poverty forum yesterday.

The report uses five indicators to reflect prosperity; productivity; quality of life; infrastructure; environment and equity.  Dublin ranked joint number four with Copenhagen.

Vienna came first in the index, followed by Helsinki and Oslo.

Speaking about the report at the forum yesterday, Fegan-Wyles said:

The most important factors Habitat has found that impact on the prosperity of a city, broadly defined to include the welfare of all its citizens, including the most vulnerable, are effective urban planning and management; decentralised policies and appropriate institutions; a system that creates equal opportunities for all; participation of civil society; elected local officials; a favourable business environment; access to basic amenities; and, public transport and mobility.

She said it is clear that “three sets of actors have critical contributions to make in ensuring a city is a good place to live for all of its citizens: local government, private sector and civil society”.

Without the equity indicator in the ranking, Dublin drops to number seven as cities with high levels of inequality come forward.

Though Dublin ranked fourth richest city in this report, its authors said the current measures to address the economic crisis and public finances could affect its position.

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