UN says nearly 1 billion live in dire poverty

Close to one billion people, or one-sixth of humanity, live in urban areas that are dangerous and "out of control," a senior UN official said Monday. "About one person out of six in the world lives in very dire conditions in cities, or parts of cities, which are out of control," said Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the Vienna-based United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Costa, speaking at a news conference, said such "failing cities" were mostly in Latin America and Africa but noted that "at least a portion" were also located in the developed world and in Asia.