World Urban Parks established the Emerging Cities region in late 2017 to represent the needs of the cities around the global south, where greater growth of urbanization is happening (developing countries). In 2015, there were 1,729 cities with a population of greater than 300,000. This will grow by 30% by 2030. The regions that will grow substantially are Asia, Africa, and South America.
Most of these cities have common issues around urban sprawl, immigration, informal developments, inequality among many other conditions, and specifically, underdeveloped green space and green space management, as well as challenges in population growth, infrastructure and access. In general, the area would cover South and Central America, Africa, Central Asia and Pacific Islands. They will be defined by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or simply opting in. The Region will better serve, several deputy chairs are proposed.