World Cities Day

On the 31st of October the World Cities Day is celebrated. This day is expected to push forward cooperation among countries as well as among cities. By raising awareness for challenges and opportunities, the World Cities Day contributes to sustainable urban development around the world.

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The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day by its resolution 68/239 on 27th December 2013. The General Assembly ‘invites States, the United Nations system, in particular UN-Habitat, relevant international organizations, civil society and all relevant stakeholders to observe and raise awareness of the day’.

Half the world’s population lives in cities

Urbanisation is the most transformative trend but it comes with challenges such as housing, environmental issues, infrastructure, basic services, decent jobs, education, health and food security. Since over half the world’s population lives in cities and the number is expected to double by 2050, it is important to use urbanisation as a tool for sustainable development.

The Remembrance Day is held under the general theme of ‘Better City, Better Life’, while each year a different sub-theme is selected. The selected theme either promotes successes of urbanisation or addresses specific challenges urbanisation faces. This year’s theme is ‘Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations’.

Sustainable development will be won or lost in the cities

We have great opportunities to use urbanisation to achieve sustainable development through the way that cities are planned, designed, financed, developed and governed. Since cities are the centre of innovation, industry, technology, entrepreneurship and creativity, the battle for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will be won or lost in the cities. The World Cities Day helps to promote the international community's interest in global urbanisation and helps to raise awareness that no one and no place is left behind.

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