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The Asia-Pacific region has the second highest urban population growth after Africa, with an annual growth of 2.6 per cent since 1990. As a result, Asian cities are growing bigger and bigger, and even contributing to climate change.

Richard Friend, a social scientist and director of the Thailand-based international regional office of the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, a non-profit organisation, talks to SciDev.Net in this podcast about the relationship of urbanisation, climate change and human rights. He believes that resilient actions should take the urban poor into account and ensure that collective rights are not eroded by economic interests.

This article has been produced by SciDev.Net's South-East Asia & Pacific desk.