Slogan: Better City, Better Life
Date: Saturday, 31 October 2020; 7th Anniversary
Sponsor: United Nations
- World Cites Day was established to create awareness of the role of urbanization in global sustainable development and social inclusion,
- World Cites Day is annually held to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization,
- World Cites Day aims to enhance cooperation among countries and cities in meeting opportunities, addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.
Inception: The first World Cities Day was held on October 31, 2014.
On December 27, 2013, The UN General Assembly designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239, in order to emphasize the world’s urban challenges and engage the international community towards the New Urban Agenda.
How to celebrate the Day:
Since 2014, the World Cities Day is annually honored and celebrated over the world in a range of ways including seminars, lectures, conferences, educational programs, and social media campaigns. Each year a particular theme is selected, by the United Nations, to either promote successes of urbanization or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization.
The theme in 2020
As suggested by the UN, the 2020 theme is “Valuing Our Communities and Cities”.
This year, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has substantially re-shaped urban life around the world. Local cities and communities have played a key role in keeping people safe, delivering essential services, and maintaining some economic activities. UN-Habitat’s latest World Cities Report also reinforces the benefits of cities that engage all stakeholders including local communities to foster sustainable cities.
Annual theme in previous years:
2019: “Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations”
2018: “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities”
2017: ” ‘Innovative Governance, Open Cities”
2016: “Inclusive Cities, Shared Development”